Ketothesis

Ketogenic or Keto diet is the best way to keep most of the health problems at bay

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12/28/2018

How does Keto diet minimizes Heart Attacks


What is a heart attack

For some people a Heart attack, is like a death warrant . Almost everyone is feared about this condition. What  is a heart attack?

      A heart attack is death of a part of heart muscle due to a non-availability of oxygen to the heart muscle. This happens due to a blockage in the Coronary artery disease  This is a deadly situation and if not treated, it can bring one an instant death

Role of cholesterol in heart attack  and Coronary artery disease


   As mentioned earlier Heart attack is a direct result of a blockage in the Coronary artery, blood vessel that bring s blood which bring oxygen to the heart muscle. In most of the cases this block is done by fat particles. These fatty particles  are made of Cholesterol. Because of that almost all the treatments for Heart attack or more formally Coronary artery disease, are based on reducing the level of cholesterol in the blood. 
          In the blood there are two main types of Cholesterol.
1.     HDL (high-density lipoproteins)
2.     LDL.( low-density lipoproteins)
HDL is considered as good cholesterol as it carries cholesterol from all over the body , back to liver. But LDL is considered the bad cholesterol as it builds up cholesterol in arteries.

 What is the role that ketogenic diet play?


          So how can ketogenic diet, being a Fat based diet, helps to reduce Coronary heart disease?. 
To answer this first we have to get a look at the characteristics of ketogenic or ‘keto’ diet.

·        In Keto diet carb intake is limited to 20g per day.
·        Should eat a lot of fat (around 70% of the diet should be fat)
·        25% of the meal should include protein.
·        The remaining 5% should be filled with dietary fiber sources like vegetables and fruit.
So this might make someone confuse . How can high fat diet , can reduce fatty content in the blood.  OK. The purpose of this article is to explain that to you.


When you are in keto diet, you almost stop carbohydrate intake through your meals. In fact the optimum is 20 grams of net carb per day. When you consume carbohydrate at this rate, the level of blood glucose ( blood sugar) drops. Because of that the presence of insulin in one’s blood is minimized. As there is no carbohydrate intake. The body tends to burn off its glycogen deposits. There are two locations where carbohydrate is deposited.
1.     Liver
2.     Muscles
However all this glycogen deposits can fuel you only about 1400 kcal. So after burning this the body needs alternate energy source. So this situation brings fat to play the role of energy provider.
          The fat is metabolized in the liver. After the fat deposit in the liver is burnt, it should bring fat from fatty deposits in the rest of the body.
The fat is stored in almost everywhere in the body. Be it skin abdominal cavity or inside the blood vessels.

          Now what happens?  As earlier said, the function of HDL is to import fat to the liver for digestion. So the liver increases producing HDL. This HDL brings fats from all over the body for metabolism. This includes fat in the blood vessels too.  
   Meanwhile another incident happens. That is production of LDL (the bad cholesterol ) is minimized. The function of LDL is carrying fat to the cells through blood. In this process when there is too much LDL, some fat which are being transported via blood vessels tends to stick on the wall of the blood vessels. This creates blockages in blood vessels. When the blockage is in Coronary artery, the result is a heart attack.  As the level of LDL is minimized, above risk is also minimized.
Now you might notice, two opposite processes happen at the same time.
1.     Carrying fat molecules to the deposits is minimized.
2.     Fat molecules from deposits are being carried back to the liver and burnt.
The end result is your blood vessels are cleaned and functions well. This helps to take the risk of getting a heart attack to near zero level.

Indirect benefits of Ketogenic diet on Cardiovascular system



          THE benefits of the Ketogenic / Keto diet on the circulation system are not limited to that.
When a person is on keto diet the body weight of the particular person is reduced rapidly. This reduced body weight reduces the stress on the heart of that person.  So risk of heart failure is also reduced.
         
As you all know ketogenic diet reduces weight pretty fast. With reduced body weight , a person’s activity level usually goes up. So instead of being a couch potato, you become active and energetic person. This again is a heart friendly condition. Because once you are active your blood circulation begins to work properly.
           Another effect of ketogenic diet is changes in the hormone levels in the body. Naturally the keto or ketogenic diet consists of 70% fat component. So intake of all the essential fatty acids is virtually secured.  The hormones like testosterone and HGH are fat based substances.
Once researchers who carried out a small study on dietary fat component found out a 25% fat diet decreased testosterone levels of a group of males , and the effect was reversed when they switched back to 40% fat diet. So this shows dietary fat plays a major role in determining  the levels of hormones in one’s body , especially the sex hormones.  Increased  testosterone and estrogen hormones , reduces stress. When stress is reduced it is very healthy on one’s heart.  

Conclusion

Ketogenic diet regime minimizes  the risk of cardiovascular disease, widely known as heart attack. This happens due to decreased levels of LDL cholesterols and Increased levels of HDL cholesterol.  
          The ketogenic or keto diet can help your heart indirectly too. Because this keto plans significantly reduce body weight , thus reducing the stress on one’s heart. Not only that ketogenic plans can regulate hormones in the body. This can lead you to an active happy and stress free sexual life which indirectly helps the betterment of the heart.





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