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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.

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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?