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sjb_7107 karma

If his erection lasts for more than four shows, he should probably go to the hospital...

Sorry. I had to. :)

sjb_7107 karma

I know this AMA is for Gary, so I'll give him first crack. But I do have an answer for this if he doesn't get to it.

Edit: Alright. Gave the dude a shot. Here goes. Keep in mind that I am NOT a healthcare professional. This is just stuff I've picked up of doing keto off and on over the years. My husband and I do keto for 40 weeks out of the year, and the other 12 are non-keto (holidays/birthdays/etc.). It works for us and breaks the monotony. Plus, ain't nobody gonna tell me I can't have mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving.

So, as I understand it, the four components that people look at for cholesterol is HDL (the good one), LDL (the bad one), triglycerides, and your triglyceride/HDL ratio. With keto, all of these can spike due to the increase fat that you are ingesting. HOWEVER, there are effectively two particle types for LDL. Sub-LDL, if you will. Particle One is terrible for you, clogs your arteries, bad at parties, you get the idea. Particle Two is actually not terrible. It's a higher density lipid that is less likely to clog arteries than Particle One. You'd take a "Particle Test" if you were about to go on statins (or maybe you'd have to specifically request it. I'm not 100% sure as I've never had to do this.) Point being, due to these particles mucking up what might otherwise be a black and white issue, most people look at the triglyceride/HDL ratio to determine the health of your cardiovascular system.

Personally, I do it because Type-2 diabetes is so rampant in my family that I'm almost guaranteed to get it if I don't keep on it. But, like any diet, it's not for everyone. Some people are extremely responsive to the fat in their diet. Some go on keto and their numbers go down. It's entirely dependent on what you are comfortable with, what your doctor says, and lifestyle. Anyone who says this is a diet for everyone is selling something.

For reference, as of right now, I am sitting at a triglyceride/HDL ratio of 2.8 with triglycerides at 58, LDL at 102 (which is a wee bit high), HDL at 63, and total cholesterol at 179. My total cholesterol has gone down over the years.

I hope this helps you. I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. I hope you can find a healthy way of eating that makes you feel amazing.

sjb_749 karma

I doubt it. No one watches that show.

sjb_739 karma

I appreciate that you're pragmatic.

sjb_726 karma

Like kefir/yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, etc.