Vegan diets may reduce LDL cholesterol but not LDL-C, new study finds
A vegan diet is one of the safest, healthiest, and most effective ways to lower your cholesterol.
A low oxalic acid diet, on the other hand, can be a bit more complicated.
But, it does have its merits, researchers say.
The Oxford researchers say that in the absence of dietary restrictions, a vegan diet can lower LDL-c by up to 15 percent.
They say the results from this study are important to consider for anyone trying to improve their health and weight.
“What’s interesting is that the dietary restrictions we’re talking about are fairly simple.
We’re talking mainly about reducing total calories,” said study author Dr. Joanne L. Tylka, an associate professor in the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
“We’re not talking about changing the whole thing or doing something radical like dieting,” she said.
“Our aim was to find out how different people could be with regards to how they’re eating, and what would be the most effective way to do that.”
Dr. Tydka’s team measured the effect of a vegan, low oxALA diet on the LDL-cholesterol levels of more than 6,000 people, aged 35 and older.
A vegetarian diet is also available, but the researchers say the participants in this study were all vegetarians.
In the study, participants ate mostly plant foods with minimal animal products.
They also varied their diets by increasing fruits and vegetables and limiting meat.
For example, they ate a vegetarian diet with no red meat, a plant-based diet with some red meat and a vegetarian-rich diet with all red meat.
The researchers found that people who consumed a low oxAlA diet had lower levels of the blood’s triglycerides, the type of fat that builds up in arteries.
This resulted in lower LDL particles and higher levels of HDL-choline, a cholesterol-lowering hormone.
In turn, this led to higher HDL-c, which was linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.
But even though low oxAAs lowered LDL-levels, it didn’t make any difference in the LDL particles’ total amount of cholesterol, which is a key predictor of heart attacks and strokes.
The low oxAs diet did have some benefit for people with low levels of LDL-Cholesterol.
In fact, a lower level of LDL cholesterol, even for people who had very low levels, was linked with a reduced chance of developing a heart attack.
Tylka says the findings from the study suggest that a vegan-based low-carb diet may be more beneficial than the other types of diets that people try.
“It’s a bit like going to a gym and you want to lose weight, but you’re still not doing it right,” she explained.
“This study showed you can get more than you might think with a very simple diet, and that’s important to remember.”
Dr, Tylkas said her study also showed that the diets used in the study were not necessarily the ones most recommended by dieticians.
She said that people with the lowest levels of cholesterol were probably better off with a vegetarian or vegan diet.
For people who want to go vegan, she suggests people do a “long-term” study.
“I think that you should make sure you’re consuming as much as you can,” she cautioned.
“You should also eat a variety of different foods, and make sure that you’re not eating anything that’s too salty or too sweet, or foods that you can’t easily get.”
For more information about dietary restrictions and cholesterol levels, check out the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a 2015 study by the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Journal.
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