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Dave Feldman is an independent researcher and software engineer who has gained notoriety for his work on cholesterol and lipid metabolism, particularly in the context of low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets. Coming from a background in software engineering, Feldman took a systems engineering approach to understanding cholesterol, creating what he calls the "lipid energy model." He has presented his findings at various medical conferences and is a frequent guest on health and wellness podcasts. Although not a credentialed medical professional, Feldman's citizen science has challenged traditional views on cholesterol, encouraging more nuanced discussions around its role in health. His work has captivated a large following of both laypeople and experts interested in the complexities of lipidology.
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(4:18) A study on the Lipid Energy Model (LEM) (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35629964/) may explain why cholesterol increases in those who decide to consume fat for energy over carbs.
(12:46) The status of your metabolic health influences how a particular diet affects your health, no matter the diet.
(20:42) HDL at 50 or higher and triglycerides at 100 or lower are good benchmarks to strive for.
(36:19) Multiple studies demonstrate that, if you take 100 random people in the same demographic with 0 risk factors, 60 male and 40 female, a little more than half of them would have 0 CAC.
(44:07) Dave’s ongoing companion study (follow updates at https://citizensciencefoundation.org/) running parallel to the main study features a control group with more relaxed criteria.
(52:03) If we had more data on healthy populations, a clearer path towards a healthy way of life will be achieved.
(59:40) Visit (https://ownyourlabs.com/) which is both a blood testing service and a hub to participate in citizen science.
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