Saturday, July 10, 2021

Weekly Health Statistics: 6/27 - 7/3/21

For those checking the dates, I'm posting these with a 1-week lag. 

Summary:

What I'm tracking

  • Sleep: 
    • Method: Apple watch + Autosleep app
    • Metrics: total time, heart rate variability, pulse (sleeping vs. waking)
  • Blood glucose:
    • Method: Dexcom G6 CGM
    • Metrics: fasting BG, Avg. BG, coefficient of variation, time 70-140 mg/dL, time <60 mg/dL
  • Body:
  • Other blood:
  • Urine:
    • Method: Vessel
    • Metrics: biotin, ketones, pH, vitamin C, magnesium, hydration, & cortisol


Observations

  • Sleep:
    • With my family back home, my sleep came right back up to normal. I'll have to tell my wife she's not allowed to go on trips anymore :)
    • I'm feeling much better/less tired during the day now that I'm going to bed at a consistent time. However, over the last week, I noticed I'm waking up earlier and earlier (total change ~30 min.) despite going to bed at the same time. I'd like to test out some interventions to see if I can stay asleep longer.
  • Blood glucose:
    • Fasting BG & average BG continue to improve and CV% is holding steady at ~13% (very good). 
    • TIR is low again, due to spending too much time below 70 mg/dL. I suspect this is due to increased insulin sensitivity from losing weight, so I'm going to try backing off on my insulin doses.
  • Body:
    • Still seeing steady drop in weight and waistline. I'm very happy with my progress here. 
  • Blood:
    • Hemoglobin continues to be on the high end of normal range. Still doesn't matter.
    • Slight trend down in cholesterol (total, LDL, and HDL). Will keep an eye on.
    • Cardiocheck PA continues to give reliable readings (and matched Quest blood work). 
    • Blood pressure continues to run slightly high. Need to check against the Dr's at my next appointment
  • Urine:
    • Nothing interesting in this data. My values for biotin, pH, & Vitamin C are outside of the "normal" range, but I haven't been able to find any literature indicating that this is even correlated with medical issues I would be concerned about.
    • In 5 tests, I've only gotten a reading on cortisol twice. That measurements seems to be extremely unreliable.
    • All-in-all, I'm not getting much value out of the vessel tests. I will finish out the pack I bought and then stop.

Active & Planned Experiments

  • Comprehensive bloodwork:
    • Goal: Establish baseline for a broad range of biomarkers and check overall health
    • Approach: WellnessFX Premium panel
    • Status: Got the results, need to analyze and write up.
  • Testing methods of sleeping longer:
    • Goal: Determine interventions that will enable me to stay asleep longer
    • Approach: Melatonin?, will ask in several forums to get suggestions
    • Status: posting in forums this week


Data:

Urine




Blood



Body


Sleep

Methods:

Measurements: 

Data Processing & Visualization. Data was visualized using Tableau.

Data: here


- QD

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