“When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?”
Lipids are a class of molecules including fatty acids, triglycerides, phospholipids, and cholesterol. Blood lipid levels are one of the most looked-to biomarkers for our health status, and more specifically our mortality risk via heart disease. They can help us generate corrective feedback for modifying our diet and lifestyles towards optimizing our health and longevity.
While science has made great strides in revealing what these biomarkers can tell us, unfortunately many findings have not been incorporated into conventional wisdom. The public practice of nutrition and, sadly, even the advice of public health organizations remains well behind the times. In this post I aim to set straight some common, and in some cases quite damaging, myths about lipids.
The last several months have seen an explosion of direct-to-consumer medical tests. We had Talking20 launch DIY blood-tests (my review of the testing experience), uBiome and American Gut (now in phase II for international participation) allow us to catalog the bacterial populations of our gut and other locations, and the already well-established 23andMe drop their price to $99 for a partial sequencing and risk profile of our genomes. The latest service is from TeloMe, inc, offering to measure the length of our telomeres via their Indiegogo campaign.
I had the pleasure of attending the Wearable Technologies Europe 2013 conference on Monday, Feb. 4 in Munich, Germany. The WT conferences are showcases for the cutting edge in self-tracking technologies of today and tomorrow. Topics range from new tracking devices to R&D breakthroughs that will pave the way for future technologies. In this post, I’ll give a rundown of some of the highlights.