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KEN SIKARIS d | STUDIES: lowest carb= -lowest triglycerides -lowest small, dense LDL -highest HDL
presents episode 1070 | Dr Ken Sikaris
Low Carb Down Under podcast

Blood lipid tests show LDL…
[in green here on the left] -red: small, dense: don’t want!
-higher red = higher risk of
atherogenic type of cholesterol
Generally: if you have
-high cholesterol, you have
-high LDL
“Don’t care about LDL, just
about small, dense LDL”

Could have cholesterol of 8 with virtually NO small, dense LDL…
-or, 8 with 30% small, dense
Get tested…or:
-predict from TG level
-if TG below 1 mmol/L
[88.5 mg/dL] have no sdLDL
-if over TG 1.5
-study 2001: TG aboce 1.2
sdLDL begin to RISE

Better predictors than TG levels…
-LDL to HDL or
-Total cholesterol to HDL
both predict better than TG
Study, 2008
-TG to HDL best predictor of
obstructed blood vessels

Study, 2014
-highly variable from test
to test
-not evenly distributed
HDL more stable
[HDL is better marker of
TG than TG alone!] Effective treatments to reduce
TG will decrease sdLDL

Study, 2008
-most severe restriction of
carbs =
-most reduction of TG
-most increase of HDL
Study, 2015
-lower carb = lower sdLDL


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