Why Cholesterol & LDL Can Increase on Keto (Low Carb Diet)

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Dr. Berg talks about how a low carbohydrate diet can temporarily raise your cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL. When you start a keto plan, you will release fat from your fat cells. Well, the stuff you are releasing from the cell is cholesterol and triglycerides – so it has to go somewhere; out through the blood and liver. This temporary raise in cholesterol can concern people IF they don’t understand the process.

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Dr. Berg, 52 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods. His private practice is located in Alexandria, Virginia. His clients include senior officials in the U.S. government and the Justice Department, ambassadors, medical doctors, high-level executives of prominent corporations, scientists, engineers, professors, and other clients from all walks of life. He is the author of The New Body Type Guides, published by KB Publishing in January 2017. Dr. Berg trains chiropractors, physicians and allied healthcare practitioners in his methods, and to date he has trained over 2,500 healthcare professionals. He has been a past member of the Endocrinology Society, and has taught students as an adjunct professor at Howard University.


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  • tysm sir…blessing from india 🙂

  • How do I remedy my Coumadin meds with the vitamin k issue?

  • wow great science…

  • That's interesting.

  • Very important point, thanks.

  • I have never had cholesterol in my life, after a month of diet keto my total cholesterol is raised to 2.5, with normal level of triglycerides, I'm not fat at all I'm very athletic.
    So let's see next month for
    my blood test results.

  • Ur awesome…my cholesterol jumped from 215 to 289 and my dr put me on cholesterol meds & more thyroid meds. I am only going to take them till i'm retested . I've read to much bad stuff about them.

  • Here is how I️ make my kale shake- 4 long stemmed organic kale leaves—mineral water to cover, about two cups—2 Tablespoons volcanic organic lemon juice—2 mall scoops of powdered Stevia. Is this enough kale in a day to help my liver when I️ loose fat on keto dieting? I️ also eat asparagus with my other meal. Thanks!

  • This makes sense that the cholesterol will release to the bloodstream. Load up on vegestables and flush with lots of water as well?

  • hey dr.eric Berg can you make a video sweetners for people with diabetes

  • Dr. Berg, can you make a video about Cylical Ketogenic Diet, please?

  • My cholesterol increased but my triglycerides dropped

  • Wow the # of subscribers are skyrocketing!!

  • Dr Berg is the nutritional value the same (potency or amount of potassium) when consuming raw salads (romaine, spring mix) that don't have to be cooked in order to consume versus more powerful greens such as kale collards turn ups that do need to be cooked in order for digestion to work properly. My question is which should I be consuming more of raw salads or more cooked greens for the purpose of flushing out the fat from the liver.

  • What's up doc?
    I am on my 7th week of intermittent fasting but over the last few days I have been urinating a lot, more than usual. Should I be concerned?


  • Hi Dr. Berg, thanks for the great videos. Just tried to take your quiz on my phone and lost my progress half way through. If you are collecting email, you can easily add a password to that first section so people can auto save their progress and not lose what they've entered. Also formatting is tough on a phone. Just some small notes from a web developer. I'll try again later.

  • I am researching diet plans to determine what will be best for a lifestyle change. I need to lose weight as the excess weight aggravates some injuries from the army. But want something long term that can just become a way of life. Keto sounds viable but I also like the starch solution. Either one I would do with interrmittent fasting. I would love you're opinion on or a comparison on the two diets with IF. Thank you so much

  • Does this happen with sugar levels too? Been keto 2 and a half months my labs show I have hi sugars now

  • My doctor sent me to a cholesterol clinic. After being patronised for an imaginary "unfortunate" diet, the word "statin" was mentioned…that was 8 months ago. They haven't heard of me since.

  • Ur so amazing 🙈

  • Are there specific vegetables I need to eat to help this?

  • Makes sense . . . interesting how that goes — medical complicates it so the average person cannot understand; in fact, that, to me, is the goal of the FDA and the medical profession — confuse, make themselves the interpreter of all things . . . and make the patient . . . their unknowing victim as they pilfer them out of their money and their health. Thank you Dr. Berg!

  • It's all about the ratio of LDL (small particle) and triglycerides. Your cholesterol can be 400 what REALLY matters is the small dense lipoprotein. The big fluffy VLDL is good unless it turns to LDL which is what happens with the SAD and carbs. bottom line is a good ldl ratio with a lower triglyceride is what it's all about. Lchf will accomplish this over time. If you have low density lipoproteins you're in trouble especially if you have a higher triglyceride. By the way this test is not done in the doctor's office it's a special test

  • I had 3 months of hair falling out in clumps during high cholesterol then plateaued, while the high cholesterol continued, the hair falling out continued yet no weight loss.

  • But if you are trying to shoot for 20 grams carbs a day, how can you eat 7-10 cups veggies daily

  • “Possibly”

  • Dr. Berg this Keto diet seems like a big pain in the butt. And our beloved carbs.

  • Hey Dr. Berg! I have been doing low carb for one year now and have lost 88 lbs so far. Had labs checked recently and my total cholesterol was 232, Tg 54, HDL 58, and LDL 164. These were WAY better than the last time they were checked. The only thing that reallybbothered me was that my fasting glucose was 99. I did drink some sugar free flavored water prior to testing but didn't eat anything. I've never been diabetic but have had issues with hypoglycemia as far back as I can remember. My A1C was 5.2% with an eAG of 103 (think that's right).

  • Is there any chance of stroke while doing keto , due to high triglycerides??

  • good video

  • J H

    This happen to me. My doctor said to get off keto now

  • Yeah my cholesterol increased after 1 month of keto. I really got afraid and sad that this means keto is not for me, but after searching about it i was relieved & decided to continue. i haven't checked my triglycerides yet but planing to do next time