Low HDL & High Triglycerides In Vegans. Is It Dangerous? How To Fix? Dr Kahn & Dr Greger

Low HDL & High Triglycerides In Vegans. Is It Dangerous? How To Fix? Dr Kahn & Dr Greger


LDL, low-density lipoprotein, is considered
the “bad” cholesterol, because it contributes to fatty buildups in arteries. This condition narrows the arteries and increases
the risk for heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. Vegans have been shown to have the lowest
levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels when compared to vegetarians, meat
eater and fish eaters. However some vegans have reported having low
HDL, high-density lipoprotein, HDL cholesterol can be thought of as the “good” cholesterol
as experts believe that HDL acts as a scavenger, carrying LDL cholesterol away from the arteries
and back to the liver, where the LDL is broken down and passed from the body. In a previous video we also discussed how
some people on a plant based diet have high triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are the most common type of
fat in the body. They store excess energy from your diet. In that video Dr Greger explained why this
can happen and how to reverse it. To see that video you can click the link above. So is a low HDL level dangerous and what essential
nutrient can actually lower your triglyceride levels? Well lets hear now from Dr Joel Kahn a leading
cardiologist and Dr Michael Greger as they answer these questions…[Dr Kahn] It is an
observation it’s an observation that if you go back almost 30 years and Dr. Dean Ornish’s
randomized studies HDL might drop a little bit and triglycerides might bump a little
bit, people can be distressed by that but the beauty of Dr Ornish’s observation is
that it was simultaneous with showing that atherosclerosis was reversing and there is
a theory that your HDL might drop because you don’t need it as abundant and active
because your coronary arteries are healing and reversing at least in his studies and
other people. But the reassurance from Dr Ornish’s studies
is ‘what do you want clean arteries or a perfect triglyceride level?’ I pick the clean arteries and not worry too
much about the lab test. The second answer is I have the luxury to
be in a pretty upscale advanced cardiac prevention clinic all my patients have a blood level
of omega 3. It’s prevalent everywhere whether you’re’
an omnivore whether you’re a junky plant food eater which is a bad place to be, whether
you’re eating a really clean whole food plant based diet many many people are low
in omega . It’s a blood test and it’s pretty widely available but it’s rarely
done and we know the importance of adequate omega 3 DHA EPA essential fatty acids for
brain health and cell membrane health and lipid management and in fact on blood glucose
control but on triglyceride content it’s critically important. There are prescription drugs that of course
that lower triglyceride through using fish based oil. So I’m a zealot here about chia seed, flaxseed,
couple tablespoons a day of ground flax seed for most people. Most of my patients are taking 300-500mg a
day of algae based EPA/DHA and their triglycerides are fine so either they were abnormal and
I corrected them or I corrected them via serious omega 3 supplementation. If you don’t check you don’t know, the
data is pretty strong that the blood level of omega 3, it’s called a predictive biomarker
actually of survival Dr Greger did a video on brain health an omega 3 level of 4.5% and
higher in your blood. Normal is 5.5% but you just don’t want to
dip real low so either ask your doctor for a blood test on your omega 3 level or you
can actually find one of these online companies just pay and get it done or just pound down
ground flaxseed, pound down some leafy greens if you’re eating nuts make sure they’re
walnuts which are insanely higher in plant based omega 3 precursor compared to almonds
and other nuts. [Dr Greger] Well exercise raises HDL and I
would never say not to exercise but it turns out HDL is not a causal risk factor or a protective
risk factor for heart disease. I did a video about that just type in HDL
(to nutritionfacts.org) it is no longer considered causal so whether it’s high or low could
be a marker but changing HDL does not actually benefit you. So pushing your HDL down doesn’t put you
at higher risk and making it go up doesn’t put you at lower risk. What matters is your LDL cholesterol your
so called bad cholesterol and we do indeed what to push that as low as possible. Thank you so much for watching. If you liked the video please give it a thumbs
up, leave a comment below and subscribe for more upcoming videos.

24 thoughts on “Low HDL & High Triglycerides In Vegans. Is It Dangerous? How To Fix? Dr Kahn & Dr Greger

  1. I remember I ate extremely 'clean' for a while and then got my blood tested. I was lower in both cholesterols. When I researched it, I found it was fairly common…especially for those on an Esselstyn type diet.

  2. LDL bad. HDL good BS our liver produces both for a reason. They are both necessary or our body wouldn't produce them. We do not absorb enough cholesterol from our food to make difference

  3. So, taking Omega-3s, do some sports and eating a plant based diet will help with high triglicerides? That simple? I did that and It is not doing anything. For the LDL and HDL it definitely lowered them, I have to say. But do they ever consider it might be a bacterial dysbalance thing that is going on? Or an issue with fat-digestion? Oh, wait they are just some smartass doctors with some smartass surfaceknowledge with no real answers, ok forget about it.

  4. Oooooh boy, Jeff Nelson will have his panties in a bunch over these claims . Although, you're probably too small a fish to fry for him to make his click bait responses. His preferred victim is Dr. Fuhrman, the apparently horrible unethical , immoral vegan abuser.

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  6. My triglycerides is 30. It's been very low for several years and I feel pretty good as a whole food Vegan. Wonder why my triglyercides are so low. They were low when I ate oil and bread, and still are even after eating more whole foods. I wondered if something was wrong with my Thyroid, but my blood work showed everything was normal. As well as normal cholesterol. Wondering if I'm just the type of person who has low triglycerides. I'm pretty skinny also, but feel good in general, so it's not a problem to me, just interesting.

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  8. Thanks for this timely video! I dropped my daily portion of walnuts as an experiment, following the Vegsource video you did. My annual cholesterol check was coming up, so the timing was right. Figured what the hey, let's go. 😊

    Results came back and for the first time in my life, my HDL had fallen to 49 ( just one point below "healthy" levels of 50), my triglycerides rose from the 70s to 109, my LDL didn't budge. My HDL has always been high, so this was a surprise. Granted this was only one test, and blood levels of anything are a moving target, but this HDL change was atypical and dramatic .

    So I'm sticking with Dr. Fuhrman's advice and am back to enjoying walnuts again, and chia seed, too. Nut free is not for me!🌱

  9. The algae product in the video is the one that I use. I take a capsule most days, in addition to chia/flax seeds.

  10. It depends but pay close attention to TC/HDL ratio. LDL is pretty confounded. Try and keep trigs less than 125mg/dl even lower is better. What determines trig level? the amount of carbs and refined fats (oils) you eat, but the degree of refinement. So if your TG's are high, replace with low sugar vegetables or complex carbs that are high in Carb but low in sugar. Remember there are no sugar foods out there you just have to check the packaging.

  11. I recently had a blood test that came back as having High Cholesterol I told my GP j am a Vegan so couch only be the HDL Cholesterol which is beneficial. Is High HDL a problem at all?

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