Category Archives: Lab Tests

Cholesterol Update with Berberine, January 2017

The last time I checked my cholesterol in September 2016 it showed a slight improvement in my LDL-P, LDL-C, and total cholesterol simply by following the Whole 30 diet for 2 weeks.  Despite these improvements, my small LDL-P remained elevated at 984 which was concerning.

As you can see with my cholesterol charts, I’ve been living with a high LDL-P for almost 4 years now which is far too long.

When the new year rolled around, I resolved to make 2017 the year that I finally get to the bottom of my cholesterol issues  and lay things to rest like I did with my HbA1c.… Read More

My Average Resting Metabolic Rate Calculated By The Breezing

A few months ago I picked up the Breezing Metabolism Tracker and was excited by what it could do.  If the device worked as expected, it would be an extraordinarily affordable way to measure my metabolic rate.  The main costs would be $349.90 for the device itself which can be used indefinitely and $5.00 for each sensor, which are one time use.

After forking out the initial cost, each measurement I wanted to run would only cost me $5.00 for the use of the sensor.  In contrast, if I wanted to measure my metabolic rate in a lab it can run anywhere from $50-$100.… Read More

Thyroid Update September 2016

Since I haven’t checked my thyroid levels in over a year, I decided to add a thyroid panel onto my September 2016 blood test.  I can’t report any symptoms of either hyper or hypothyroidism so there really isn’t any real reason for me to check this except out of sheer curiosity… which is pretty much the entire purpose of this site.  I thought it’d be fun to see what changes, if any, the Whole 30 would have on these numbers.

Quick Review:

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) – This is the hormone your brain sends out telling your thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormone.
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Vitamin D Update September 2016

In my recent blood test from September I also checked my Vitamin D level.  Because my job involves working indoors, at a desk, in front of a computer for 10 hours a day, it’s rare for me to get much sun exposure.  Sometimes I’ll sneak out for a coffee run or something, but even then only my face and hands will be exposed since I typically wear a dress shirt, and the walk to the coffee shop only takes 5-10 minutes.  We’re talking minimal exposure at most.… Read More

Testosterone Update September 2016

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Along with testing my cholesterol and HbA1c after 15 days of the Whole 30, I also checked my testosterone levels.  It’s something I’ve checked in the past maybe once a year just to get a sense as to where I stood.

Here are my prior posts:

Nutritional Ketosis and Testosterone
Cyclic Ketogenic and Testosterone
My Health Test Results from March 2015

I’ve tried to search for other good resrouces on testosterone testing and results, but haven’t found anything better than the Art of Manliness series I referred to in my first post.… Read More

HbA1c Update September 2016: I finally figured it out!

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Since the beginning of my career documenting my self experimentation on this blog I’ve been dealing with a borderling elevated HbA1c.

Here’s the first post on my HbA1c from March 2013 while doing my ketosis experiment:

The Effect of Nutritional Ketosis on HbA1c

Background:

Before I go further, for newer readers to the site and those unfamiliar with what an HbA1c actually is, I’ll copy and past what I wrote from that initial post:

  • Everyday your body makes new red blood cells (RBCs) and breaks down old RBCS at an equal rate so you have a constant number of RBCs (assuming you are healthy).
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