Nov 11

Presentations, Data, and Exercise

The egghead in me is dying to complete the geekier Part II of Dropping My Cholesterol at Record Speeds. But alas, there are a number of high priority developments rolling in.

  • I had to post a draft of my Food Logging Protocol given there’s some discussion of putting together a study based on my research. It’s been an effective tool for me to keep accurate, “audit-able” track of my diet. I still have some more to put in the page regarding the text portion of logging, but the visual language is the most relevant.
  • Since my last posting, I was approached on doing another presentation which I’ll be putting on tomorrow in a private meeting. Unfortunately, I can’t take a video of it, but I might do a separate one to post online later.
  • New data coming in from two new participants, more on that in future posts. My hope is that I’ll have something up at the end of this month.
  • How will endurance exercise impact my trend lines? This too we’re finding out right now. Over the last month I’ve now done a half dozen more blood tests both before and after running for long periods.


  1. Randeep

    I’m about to head out for a Cardio IQ for a bit. I’ve been eating a mostly vegan diet with some fish for the last two weeks. I couldn’t get an appointment until 2pm so it’s going to be quite a bit of fasting. Man, after my morning workout I’m ready to eat!

    Reading your stuff I can’t help but wonder: is the idea to fast 12 hours before testing flawed? Could it even have a NEGATIVE impact on cholesterol readings? How much does our cholesterol fluctuate throughout the day?

    But honestly, the idea of cholesterol as a responsive system is huge and worthy of a medical research. Someone shows up with high LDL at their doctor’s office, he tells them to change their diet and come back in 3 months for a retest. But why 3 months? What if changes could be observed in 3 weeks or… 3 days? And what should the change in our diet be? There are so many unanswered questions that I feel like could be determined with a few simple studies.

    If everyone or even the majority of the population could dramatically change their cholesterol numbers over the course of 3 days then isn’t that in incredibly powerful tool towards isolating potentially problematic food sources and creating the ideal diet?

    1. Dave

      – I always fast around 14 hours before the blood test, per the instructions they give us (“fast for 12-14 hours…”) However, that is only the time between the last meal on the evening before the morning’s blood test to follow. On that day, and the two previous, I’m often gorging on high fat calories if I’m looking to try lowering the test.

      – “But honestly, the idea of cholesterol as a responsive system is huge and worthy of a medical research” — YES! Certainly I feel it is only a matter of time until this research gets some real legs beyond my own and the followers of my work.

      – To your last point, I think it’s easier to show people my data in order to prove how responsive the lipid system is, but it is harder to get across the ramifications as I see it. I’m not interested in lowering my cholesterol until I have a compelling case for doing so. Imagine how all this data from all these studies are so easily swayed by even a single meal in the days before the blood test — but they didn’t operate as such when performing it, because it wasn’t a known confounder.

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