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Peak Human - Unbiased Nutrition Info for Optimum Health, Fitness & Living

Oct 4, 2023

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.


  • (4:18) A study on the Lipid Energy Model (LEM) ( 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 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 ( which is both a blood testing service and a hub to participate in citizen science.



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