A lipid profile (test) is a measure of the amount of fats, cholesterol and fatty substances (lipids) in your blood. These substances are used by the body as an energy source. Lipid profile test paints a clear picture of the presence of these participles in your bloodstream. A moderate count is desirable, but the excessive presence of these fatty substances can have a negative effect on your general health.

These fats are important for cell health, but they can be harmful when these fatty substances start clogging the arteries. This clogging can hamper the smooth functioning of the heart, transportation of nutrients in the body, and pumping of blood via the bloodstreams.   

A lipid panel measures these fats:

  • Total cholesterol
  • LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
  • HDL (“good”) cholesterol
  • Triglycerides, another type of fat that causes hardening of the arteries

The Ketogenic (Keto) diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. The main purpose of the ketogenic diet today is to provide a measurable state of metabolism through nutritional ketosis.

The beauty of following the Ketogenic Diet is that a well-planned low-carb diet (like Keto) can actually lead to a better cholesterol profile. Studies have proved that low-carb diets can optimize your cholesterol levels and in fact improve your heart health. A low-carb diet (<50g carb) is an effective method in raising HDL cholesterol when compared to traditional weight-loss diets that emphasize reducing fat intake. Also, whole foods & well-rounded Ketogenic diet eliminates sugar-creating foods that can cause inflammation and damage to the arteries. Since your body has less glucose available to make cholesterol, total cholesterol levels will drop. Thus, it can be stated that following the ketogenic diet can improve your heart health, in general, if followed meticulously.

Now that the relationship between following a Ketogenic diet to attaining a desirable lipid profile has been established, one is advised to get your full lipid profile panel test done prior to or at the beginning or starting the Ketogenic diet.

By Anirudh Kacker