Last time I posted about my blood tests was in July 2015. And here are the results that I got from my most recent blood tests:
And here’s a comparison with some past value:
Context and Analysis
Looking over my current results, I would say that my lipid profile has not changed much since July.
Total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL, compared to 175 mg/dL from my previous tests, but that doesn’t matter in the great scheme of things. Total cholesterol is not relevant as long HDL, LDL (especially VLDL – which I did not test yet) and TAGs are in a good range.
Since July, I kept using the same dietary approach consisting of: low calorie very low carbohydrate ketogenic moderate to low protein nutrition, with 60-70% of my calories coming from fat, and the rest from protein and carbohydrates.
I remain in ketosis although I consume significant amounts of vegetables and plant foods. I consume little meat (not a big fan of), but I do consume eggs and dairy almost everyday.
Protein intake is moderate to low (50-70g per day) and I do just fine with that. I don’t obsess over protein and/or fat consumption. Instead I focus on optimizing my nutrition for micronutrient intake.
And I’m more focused in staying healthy for as long as possible (keeping mTOR, IGF-1, and Insulin low is a priority). Intermittent Fasting helps me with that.
I eat low calorie because it’s very convenient for me. I’m never hungry or crave for specific foods. On the contrary, I’m almost invariably satisfied with consuming 1,500 to 1,700 kcals/day; and I’ve been doing this for almost two years.
I can eat so low calorie because I usually fast for 18 hours everyday and consume food in a 6-hour feeding window (2 meals). Sometimes I have only one meal. So, it’s a challenge to compress/consume 1,500-1,700 kcals in only 2 meals.
Many times I can’t even do that. And I tend to lose weight after a couple of days of my current IF protocol. But I don’t want to lose more weight, which is why I strategically overfeed after a couple of days (that is: consume 3,000 – 5,000 kcals and have more than 2 meals). This keeps me adherent to my protocol.
My Highly Sensitive CRP (hs-CRP) is still way below the worrying point. It’s slightly higher than its previous value though; and I suspect this value is the result of my adaptive immune system getting used to the new strand of the influenza virus. It would have been interesting to see my CBC…
HsCRP could also be higher because I’m experimenting with consuming isolated casein protein post-workout. I will have to see about this in future blood tests.
My HbA1C has remained mostly constant since July. Now, I didn’t test for my blood glucose levels because I think that HbA1C is a better marker of blood sugar levels, especially since it reflects a 3 month period trend…
My testosterone levels are higher than the value from July; this could serve as testimony for the efficiency of my T-(Rx) protocol.
Now imagine that! Following a low-calorie-moderate-to-low-protein nutritional protocol and maintaining T levels high. That is totally against what every guru is preaching out there.
One thing to mention is that even though I don’t obsesses over fat consumption, I do consume healthy fats from eggs, nuts, seeds, some meat, cod liver oil, lard, olive oil, coconut foods, etc. I do not consume oil/butter coffee or plain butter, which seems to be mainstream now.
I also did some thyroid marker testing. T3 is on the lower range, but it’s not like I did not expect to see this. Caloric and carbohydrate intake are both correlated with T3 levels as I’ve extensively written here. The rest of thyroid markers fall in their normal range.
One thing that I have to point out is that I purpose to maintain T3 levels fairly low as they seem to be correlated with longevity, provided that other markers of thyroid health are normal.
For those of you who don’t know, T3 (triiodothyronine) is the most active of thyroid hormones and its purpose (briefly speaking) is to speed up chemical/metabolic processes in the body. In lay terms, to speed up metabolism.
But I don’t want a faster/sped-up metabolism because I consider I waste myself faster this way. I may be wrong but I’m fairly satisfied with this strategy; a strategy that I’ve been refining over the last two years. For more about my thoughts on thyroid and very low-carb intake, see here.
As you can see, my current blood work was not extensive; hopefully, my next one will include more biomarkers.
I also plan to start writing more on the type of heavy lifting protocol that I’m currently doing. I’ve gone into the details of it in my recently released course on Keto+IF though. You can subscribe to my friends list for a 60% discount of the course.
To know more about the rest of my interventions you can see these further readings (which are free, btw):
– cold thermogenesis
– slowing aging
– my supplements
– gut health
– intermittent fasting
– prolonged fasting
– feasting and fasting
– common mistakes made on ketogenic diets.
And here’s a very recent physique update (courtesy of Instagram’s color effects):
I do not imply that what I do is something that anyone else should follow to get the same results. My studies of epigenetics and genomics tell me that we’re all different, we live in different environments, and we’re exposed to different stimuli everyday. So, it would be rational to approach health optimization in a similar fashion.