Welcome to CholesterolCode.com. This site serves as an information and research hub for emerging data on cholesterol. particularly in the context of a low carbohydrate lifestyle.
If you know little to nothing about cholesterol ->
- You can check out our Simple Guide to Cholesterol series. It’s full of illustrations and is written for laypeople. Enjoy!
If you’re wanting to learn more about why cholesterol could be higher, particularly on a low carb diet, we present the Lipid Energy Model (LEM) ->
- Our recently released full paper on the LEM published in Metabolites doi.org/10.3390/metabo12050460
- You can watch our video abstract for this paper here (5 min):
- We also have a more layperson-friendly, simplified overview video (just 5 min) you can watch here
- Or you can watch Dave’s presentation for Stanford University on the model from 2020
If you’re looking to better understand the risk associated with high cholesterol on a low carb diet->
- Note we are still recruiting for our LMHR study through the Lundquist Institute. Check out our official recruitment page at CitizenScienceFoundation.org/study to find out if YOU qualify!
- While several articles on this site present a more “cautiously optimistic” perspective on cholesterol in the context of fat adaptation, we strongly encourage everyone to consider the conventional view as well. Consider reading The Case for Lower LDL on Low Carb by our colleague and co-investigator, Spencer Nadolsky.
If looking to understand the “Lean Mass Hyper-responder” profile ->
- See our dedicated page for Lean Mass Hyper-responders
- Check out our LMHR paper published in Current Developments in Nutrition
- See our in-depth case report published in Frontiers in Endocrinology
If you’d like to learn more about lipoprotein(a), you can watch Siobhan’s presentation on it here
Lastly — you can always just ask us anything our Questions Page. (Just be aware our site does not constitute medical advice and we always recommend consulting with your doctor.)