Third (and fourth) blood test results are in (a bit of miscommunication led to me having to go back for another blood draw), so you'll notice two blips very close to each other in the diagrams below (Jul 27th and Aug 5th). I'm glad this miscommunication happened because it shed light as to how much or how little a biomarker can change in a matter of days.
I keep getting asked, "Why do you think it's necessary to see your blood test results every three months? It sounds like overkill and seems unnecessary." Part of me accepts that I'm not like most. I find it gratifying to come across a large mess (to me) of data and spend time learning to make sense of it all (with help from professionals). The other part of it is that Big Data is picking up speed exponentially. I can't imagine it will be too long before many of us are wearing monitors that track more biomarkers in real time than the ones I'm currently getting tested for. I can't imagine what companies will attempt to do with that information and how it will affect our privacy, expenses, etc. There is a much bigger conversation to all of this, but for the purposes of the three-month blood draws, and loads of data I'm compiling, I view this as my way of being mindful of my health, and believe it or not, I find the process quite soothing.
My cholesterol level were of no concern to me or my consultant, Ben Greenfield. As I'm ramping up my training for Ironman, as long as I follow a strict carb-back loading routine, my cholesterol levels should remain relatively stable. I am glad to see that two of the three that previously weren't in range now are.
My focus here is on Lp(a) which spiked heavily. Lp (a), as previously mentioned), is often regarded to be shown as an independent risk factor to heart disease. So the spike was a bit disconcerting being that I've been strictly cooking with coconut oil and increasing my intake of cruciferous vegetables. What I believe is the culprit is an increase in wine intake during my lull in training after the USAT Age Group National Championships.
Omega 3 Index Test - EPA -- DHA levels.
One of my biggest concerns when I started this health reboot was my Vitamin D level. I have been Vitamin D deficient for several years. In my desire to stabilize my Vitamin D levels, I was initially a bit overzealous at the onset of this reboot. While I'm not in a more stable range, it's not an optimal range -- and that will take a bit more tinkering and timing to get my levels where I want them to be.
I plan to continue using these tools to catch any instability in my blood work much sooner than my annual check up would. And to be clear, this whole process doesn't mean I am against seeing my primary care physician. It just means I have much more paper work for him to go over when I do see him!