This is my first day without drinking Diet Cokes. I feel fine. No withdrawal. Switched back to espresso and water. Easy so far, and soooo nice not to have to go the bathroom fifteen times a day. Since yesterday was my last day of 30 Days of Diet Coke, today I went to the blood lab to get my second blood analysis. This time I didn’t forget to take a picture of the blood they took from me today at Labcorp. 6 Vials. Bye-bye, blood. Have a fun trip. Here was Dr. Pinzone’s request to the lab: CBC, CMP, Lipid Panel, HgbAIC, insulin, glucagon, leptin, hsCRP, LH, FSH, Prolactin, Total, Free, and BioAvailable Testosterone, TSH, and Free T4. That’s a pretty thorough blood workup, and I’m pretty excited to hear what the doctor finds out from these tests. On the one hand, I think it would be really interesting to see that clear and potentially dangerous change in my body attributable to drinking 300 Diet Cokes in a month, but on the other hand, I don’t really want to harm my long-term health. A little weight-gain that I lose right away is okay, but kidney failure or dissolved bones would not be cool. Of course I’ll post the results from these tests on the website when I get them, and that feels a little uncomfortable, too, since the tests are so complex and thorough, and seem to reveal intimate things about my health. I just want to say in advance that my Testosterone is just fine, whatever the lab says. Except for the lab results, however, all the rest of my data is now posted on my website. Front page. Bottom. It’s pretty boring, actually. My weight went from 168 to 169 lbs. My blood pressure slightly improved. My fasting blood sugar slightly lowered. My body fat percentage stayed the same. Drinking 300 Diet Cokes in a month didn’t do me any obvious, exterior, harm. The lab tests will tell us more of the story. But all I know is that after 30 days of the same amount of regular Coke, I gained 23 pounds and had early stage diabetes. I’m going to reserve further judgement until the tests come in. For now, I can say that it is a relief not to have to drink Diet Coke all day. It wasn’t THAT bad – but it sure seemed like a long month.
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