A New York cardiologist says the Keto diet is based on misinformation and he would never recommend it to any patient. The keto diet is “a mistake” that causes people to miss out on eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods, according to one prominent New York cardiologist.
Hereof, does keto clog arteries?
The trendy diet is high in fat — but that doesn’t mean it will clog up your arteries. Still, cardiologists say there may be a better way to prevent heart conditions. Some keto followers brag about how much butter and bacon they can eat.
Similarly one may ask, is there a heart healthy way to do keto?
“Short periods of ketogenic diet coupled with long-term lifestyle changes could potentially reverse that by increasing insulin sensitivity.” Higher HDL cholesterol levels and lowering blood sugar are also associated with lower risk of heart disease.
Who should not do keto?
Considering these risks, people who have kidney damage, individuals at risk for heart disease, pregnant or nursing women, people with type 1 diabetes, pre-existing liver or pancreatic condition and anyone who has undergone gallbladder removal shouldn’t attempt the Keto diet.
Some people also experience increased heart rate as a side effect of ketosis. This is also called heart palpitations or a racing heart. It can happen during the first few weeks of a ketogenic diet. Being dehydrated is a common cause, as well as low salt intake.
Yet if you start eating more saturated fat because you’re on keto, then your LDL will likely rise. An increase in saturated fat intake “has been shown over and over again” to increase LDL, he says.
These fats heighten your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and lower your HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels. They also raise your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association.
But a keto diet is also associated with spikes in the “bad” cholesterol that can build up in blood vessels and lead to clots, known as low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C).
Yet many doctors warn that low-carbing is dangerous. They point to large-scale population studies linking low-carb diets to increased risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death.
“In the process of breaking down fat, the body produces ketones, which are then removed by the body through frequent and increased urination. This may lead to dehydration and flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, dizziness, irritability, nausea, and muscle soreness.”
But even if you are just starting on the keto path, symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath are not related to dietary changes and may be the actual flu or potentially COVID-19. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, check in with healthcare provider.