The Eggsperiment: Pre-Test Results
In many ways, this could have been the first post of the Eggsperiment. But instead, I decided to write a love-letter to eggs. (Yeah, you read that sentence correctly) Once I started, I moved forward with my journey without sharing some vital information: My baseline numbers.
Like any good experiment (this is a very non-scientific, n=1 variation), you want a baseline to test against the final results. I'm doing all I can to keep all of my daily behaviors consistent: Same training plan, same diet (caloric intake, macronutrient breakdown), same work schedule, and even the same frustrating passion for the Cubs. (What? They lost on opening day? In the 9th inning? What else is new?)
When I went to my doctor for my initial blood work, here's what I discovered:
Total cholesterol: 132
HDL (the good stuff): 56
LDL (the bad stuff): 66
Triglycerides (fat found in blood--having too much is linked to metabolic syndrome): 30
Coolness level: Extremely high (note: If your doctor does not mention coolness in your blood work don't worry; it's a genetic trait)
So what does it all mean? For one, I'm fairly healthy going in to this. To those who want to poke holes at this journey, I’m giving you plenty of room to roam. For one, some might argue that because of my good health, anything I discover won't necessarily translate to someone in worse condition. And you know what, that is a valid argument. A healthy body functions better than an unhealthy body. On the flip side, if my blood work doesn't improve, you could argue that eggs are still very good for you. After all, if eating 3 per day helped me maintain my health, then how bad could they be? And if I become even healthier? Well, we at least know what I'll be doing moving forward. (Eating more eggs)
For context for your own purposes, here are some "normal" (or healthy) ranges, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Below 200 = healthy
100-129 = "near ideal"
Below 100 = "good for people at risk of heart disease"
Below 70: "Ideal for people at very high risk of heart disease"
60+ = best
50-59 = better
Below 40 (for men) = poor
Below 40 (for women) = poor
The overall diagnosis from my doctor: My numbers were great. We'll see what he says when I return for my checkup.
What do you think? How much should my current health impact my findings?