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How the Keto Lifestyle Affects Heart Health

How the Keto Lifestyle Affects Heart Health

What’s the correlation between Keto & Heart Health?

Do you remember when we talked about the ketogenic diet vs. the paleolithic diet? Well it’s coming full circle, sis! The last time we talked about it, I left it up for you to decide whether or not you thought the ketogenic diet or the paleolithic diet was the best for you. Now I’m going to tell you a few effects that the ketogenic diet actually has on heart health.

Keto On The Heart

The keto diet has introduced a lot of the foods people have been told not to eat back into their diets. Animal products and saturated fats make up the majority of a general ketogenic diet and therefore can cause LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol to increase in people.This also creates the risk for cardiovascular disease. If you have high blood pressure or are at risk for having high blood pressure, the keto diet is probably not the best option for you. I, however, am not a physician, so please make sure that before trying anything you consult your physician. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels. It has also been concluded by many that the keto diet lowers blood sugar and improves insulin function. The keto diet is considered a “yo-yo diet” because it is very easy to lose weight with the diet but just as easy to regain the weight right after the diet. “Yo-yo” diets can put much unwanted stress on the heart. If you are already living with heart disease, it is crucial that you consult your physician. The keto diet may not be the best option for you.

So, what do you think?

After reading some of the effects on heart health, would you still try out a keto lifestyle? Weigh your options and talk to your physician. Your health is important, beautiful! To learn more about proper nutrition, please follow Black Girl Health on Instagram and our blog.
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Dominique Bynum
Health and Wellness Contributor

Dominique is a writer who has a passion for fitness, health, beauty and more. She loves researching these things in order to live a better lifestyle and is excited to help you live one too!

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