I follow Jimmy Moore regularly on twitter and a few months ago he tweeted something that really got my attention: he managed to normalize his cholesterol!
The thing is, he hasn’t been posting his results in the typical blog format and instead has been reading them off on video-logs (vlogs) on Periscope which I’ve been too lazy to install.
I’ve finally hunkered down and figured out how to use Periscope and watched the episode where he revealed his results. Of course I took some notes and will share them here.
Jimmy’s been struggling with high cholesterol since at least 2008. Despite going keto (and being the person who introduced it to me), his cholesterol never improved. If you’d like to read some more about his background, I’ve written a few posts on his blood test results here:
- Thoughts on Jimmy Moore’s Latest Health Test Results (From Fall 2014)
- Thoughts on Jimmy Moore’s Summer 2015 Health Test Results
Jimmy Moore’s Periscope Notes:
- He went on a 17.5 day fast where he only consumed:
- Bone broth with sea salt
- 1 Kombucha
- Total calories per day is around 100.
- He planned to go longer, but ended it at 17.5 days because he was feeling hungry and woozy, which he partly attributes to stress and his travel schedule.
- No exercise
- Lost about 19 lbs over the course of the fast
- He checked his blood prior to the fast and then immediately after the fast
Fasting Insulin: 10 —> 13.9
Jimmy thinks this went up because of his weight loss, with glucose being released along with all of the fat stores he’s mobilizing, subsequently inducing insulin release.
HS-CRP: 1.6 —> 0.94
Total Cholesterol: 295 —> 195
LDL-C: 216 —> 131
HDL-C: 61 —> 50
Triglycerides: 90 —> 68
LDL-P: 2889 —> 1664
Small LDL-P: 1446 —> 587
Lp (a): 441 —> 143
He’s never seen changes like this without drugs.
People that have a high Lp (a) can do the best with fasting according William Davis.
Jimmy ends the vlog by saying that he does expect some of these numbers to go up when he ends the fast, but he plans to fast every couple of months and eat keto in between.
Seeing these changes in his numbers is truly astounding. Good for him. As with my prior posts, I’ve compiled his numbers into a table here:
When viewed in the context of all of his prior blood tests, WOW. His total cholesterol and LDL-C are at the lowest they’ve ever been and his LDL-P and Small LDL-P have returned to their 2008-2009 levels.
Now I haven’t watched the prior JimmyScopes to see why he decided to do this fast, but it’s certainly interesting to see how fasting can affect his lipids.
The funny thing is that around this same time, I had brought my own cholesterol down (Did My Anti-Cholesterol Game Plan Work? YES!). After coming up with My Anti Cholesterol Gameplan, my lipids improved to a similar degree as Jimmy’s… without the pain of having to fast.
Now it’s important to mention that our cholesterol issues may be due to different causes. I’ve discovered that I’m both a cholesterol hyperabsorber and a hypersynthesizer (Reviewing the Labs My Lipidologist Ordered), and to the best of my knowledge I don’t think Jimmy has ever taken a sterol absorption/synthesis test.
He does mention many times that he’s attempting to address his underlying insulin resistance, so I’m guessing that he attributes his lipid issues to hypersynthesis… but this is all speculation on my part.
Now I don’t have what it takes to fast for 17+ days, especially with all the BJJ and weight lifting that I do, but I’m glad Jimmy took it upon himself to do this experiment and publicize his results. It’s definitely another tool to add to the toolbox.
What do you think? Would you fast for more than 2 weeks to bring your cholesterol down?
If you want to see Jimmy’s full video for yourself, check it out here: