Keto diets could increase risk of heart attack and stroke: Research

While the world has gone through one of the worst pandemics in a decade, there is an even more dangerous but silent pandemic, and that is obesity. We know that obesity is the leading cause for most health problems but it is not one that is the most glaring to people around the world and it is neglected as well. While almost everyone who is overweight or obese would like to lose weight, the question is how. The most common answer to that is dieting and there are various types of dieting exercises as well.

One of them is the Keto diet and if you are following this diet, beware as this new research does not have good news for you. According to this research, Keto diets are linked to a higher risk of heart attack and strokes in patients who are following them. The reason being that these low-carb ketogenic diets have high-fat content which could lead to bad cholesterol and that in turn raises the risk of heart disease. Such type of diet can cause the formation of plaque in the arteries and lead to cardiovascular events.

Lulia Latan, the lead author of this research, concluded that “Our study found that regular consumption of a self-reported diet low in carbohydrates and high in fat was associated with increased levels of LDL Cholesterol — or ‘bad’ cholesterol — and a higher risk of heart disease,”. She added, “To our knowledge, our study is one of the first to examine the association between this type of dietary pattern and cardiovascular outcomes,” 

Talking about the Keto diet, the idea is that you only have to consume about 50 grams of carbs per day which is very low and it reduces your weight. For this study, the people who were following “keto-like” diet were studied compared to those who had normal diet. Those who were consuming the “keto-like” diet had markedly higher levels of LDL or bad cholesterol. Experts who reviewed this research have said that it is important to balance the keto diet with a balanced diet and not follow it for long term

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