For many years, we’ve been told high-fat diets are bad and that high-carb diets are the way to better heart health. However, new evidence may be turning this convention on its head. In fact, high-fat diets can help patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and high cholesterol fight inflammation and heart disease.
Reasons eating a fat-rich diet helps fight inflammation and high cholesterol
High-carb diets have been the darling of many medical professionals for years now, and it’s true there is some benefit to having carb-based fiber in your diet. However, current research is revealing that high-carb diets aren’t the best fit for patients with COPD who also have high cholesterol.
For instance, carb-rich diets force the body to produce small, dense particles of LDL. LDL stands for low-density lipoproteins, and these molecules are very bad for your heart when they’re small and dense. In this form, they are actually more likely to increase artery-blocking cholesterol. Also, high-carb diets have been shown to increase the levels of fats, called triglycerides, in your blood, which also increases cholesterol formation.
However, high-fat diets are an entirely different story. These diets cause your body to make LDLs that are larger and less dense, which means they’re less likely to form cholesterol. Fat-rich diets also reduce the levels of triglycerides in the blood, and that means there will be even less material available to form cholesterol deposits in your arteries.
When combined with the inflammation-fighting potential they offer, the lack of cholesterol formation that high-fat diets offer is ideal for COPD patients who have high cholesterol.
Find a heart- and lung-healthy diet at the Lung Health Institute
At the Lung Health Institute, our health care team knows high-fat diets offer many benefits to chronic lung disease patients. If you have COPD or another chronic lung condition, we can offer you three Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans that include tips for eating a high-fat diet. Using the tips in our plans, you may actually be able to train your body to use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel. These plans can also help you take control of your health by boosting your immune system.
In addition to these helpful plans, we also offer cellular therapy. This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses concentrated platelets and other cells from a small blood sample to target lung disease. Together, these platelets and other concentrated cells release healing properties that may help heal damaged tissues in your lungs and reduce inﬂammation.
Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule an initial consultation.