Health Markers after 10 years of LCHF from a DIET Doctor

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My Health Markers After 10 Years on a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet

March 15 by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt in About Diet Doctor, Cholesterol

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I should have been dead a long time ago, according to some people. But I feel as healthy as ever.

In 2006 I started eating an LCHF diet – low carb and high fat. I’ve now been on it for ten years, so it was time for the big checkup.

What has happened to me during these years? Here are the results from my repeated blood work:

Background

I’m basically healthy. But as a 44-year old dad to two small children, with some sleep deprivation and little time for exercise, and who regularly works 60-hour weeks, this is probably the time when my health should start to fail.

If LCHF doesn’t save me.

I’ve eaten an LCHF diet for ten years, at times very strict, at other times less strict. Plenty of butter, eggs, meat and heavy cream – and vegetables.

For the last two years I’ve also done intermittent fasting, 16:8, on most weekdays (I skip breakfast). Very occasionally I also do one or two full days of fasting.

Results

Here’s a summary of my results.

Markers

The recent test results are in the colored columns. Numbers converted to US units to the right.

Comment

The wild rumors about how dangerous LCHF is long term don’t get validated in my blood work. After ten years on LCHF they are excellent, just as when I started. There simply aren’t any big changes during these years.

Many things are typical and the trends are also confirmed in studies on low-carb diets:

Low triglycerides (good)

Excellent HDL cholesterol levels

Nice ApoB/AI ratio

A low fasting blood sugar and a low HbA1c (good)

Very low insulin levels, measured as C-peptide (probably excellent)

Low IGF-1 levels (probably great)

A normal weight and a normal waist circumference

A low normal blood pressure (excellent)

To summarize, all problems associated with the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes usually improve on LCHF. Obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high insulin levels and dangerously abnormal cholesterol numbers (high triglycerides and low HDL).

My test results also show that the inflammatory level in my body – as measured CRP – is non-detectible on all test occasions.

With these results in mind the fantasy talk about long-term risks with LCHF doesn’t seem to be valid, at least not in my case. Perhaps you’ll have to put up with me for 50 more years.

Weight

I’ve kept my weight at a normal weight level effortlessly and without any calorie counting during these years. I’ve gone up and down a few pounds within the normal range.

During my experiment with a strict LCHF diet and ketone measuring, I lost 12 lbs./5 kg. They came back when I returned to liberal LCHF, but disappeared again when I added intermittent fasting.

My experience is that the latter is clearly the easier alternative. At least if you’re like me, and not that sensitive to carbohydrates. So I will continue with moderate or liberal LCHF with the addition of 16:8 on weekdays.

What Do You Think?

What has happened to your health markers on LCHF?

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  • I will be completing six year in Feb 2017.

    As a Type 2 diabetic, still medication free and land non diabetic numbers.

    I restrict carbs to 20% of energy needs, like almost every Indian diabetic on LCHF that I know of.

  • You are great and example / leader to all of us in this forum.

    Best regards sir,

    Durham24

  • Dear shri Anup , with ref. to above , I want to know , why it is important to have 30 ml. VCO a day in LCHF diet ? why not just low carb (about 75 to 100 gms. a day ) and plenty of vegetable , paneer ,tofu , full cream milk ,eggs , peanuts and some butter and ghee ? and what is meant by " intermittent fasting, 16:8 " ? please let me know .

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