Posted 29 April 2021 - 06:15 PM
Lipids are a funny one because all sorts of things cause them to go up and down.
Stress and inflammation make it harder for your body to work effectively. Atherosclerosis is a type of inflammation, which is the hardening of the arteries, done via buildups of cholesterol in your heart. Chronic stress — and thereby inflammation — have a direct effect on cholesterol levels irrelevant of diet. Childhood adversity is the worst kind of chronic stress than leads to inflammatory conditions such as high cholesterol. So if you were neglected, abused, or if your parents had serious problems, you will need to monitor your cholesterol closely for life.
Being on psychiatric medications or having psychiatric conditions is another direct effect or high cholesterol.
Drinking too much alcohol, even red wine, increases cholesterol as cholesterol is broken down in the liver. If you bombard your liver with alcohol, you don’t give it enough time to do it’s thing, and it results in alcoholic fatty liver disease and high lipid levels.
Triglycerides are a particular type of fat in your blood which is a marker of much stored fat you have in your body, i.e., what energy your body doesn’t break down right away gets stored as triglycerides. And in your fat tissues, you also make inflammatory cells. So having excess adipose tissue has a direct effect on total-body inflammation and thereby cholesterol.
So what to do about lipids? Luckily there are many interventions that work to reverse lipid levels. These are things like losing weight if you’re overweight, not drinking too much alcohol, exercising regularly, and managing stress levels.
All this to say, that generally, eating a keto diet is far less inflammatory than the standard western diet. This is becuase it generally focuses on whole foods, completely reduces your alcohol intake, and you are likely eating many more veggies than you would be normally. And a lot of clients I work with who do do keto see reductions in lipids despite eating high fat diets and lose weight.
But yes, obviously be mindful of how much saturated fat you eat on a keto diet, too.