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    Great annual checkup w/biking influence...

    Had a checkup last week for the first time in 2 years. I'm 52 now and started riding again this spring after decades of doing other things instead.

    Cholesterol 2 years ago: 208
    Cholesterol now: 185

    LDL (the bad stuff) 2 years ago: 167
    LDL now: 126 (!!!)

    Doc asked if I'd been taking the statin drug that she'd prescribed 2 years ago. I told her "no", then she asked "Have you been doing anything active that's new?" I told her that I'd started biking earlier this year and have ridden about 500 miles this summer. (I'm a pansy, I know... :-)

    She said "Then that's the only explanation I can give you for the lower numbers. Keep on biking!"

    Gary

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    Keep it up!
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    Woo hoo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrazAd View Post
    She said "Then that's the only explanation I can give you for the lower numbers. Keep on biking!"
    You should follow your doctor's orders in this case. And congratulations!
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Congrats. Keep it up - or down in this case.

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    yeah keep biking! I am not convinced that statin drugs are really safe for most people

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    great job!

    My HDL is low for some reason. I eat so much fish too. GRRR

    My LDL is not high but it is higher then I would like and I watch what I eat. Frusterating.

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    Six years ago when I started biking, I thought it'd be wise to visit a doctor "before beginning a new activity". Cholesterol was a little high, so she wanted to prescribe some drugs. I asked if she'd let me try diet and exercise first. Twelve weeks later, on my check-up, I'd dropped my cholesterol by 50 points. She looked me in the eye twice and asked if I'd taken anything, and twice I said no.

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    rock on!
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    I wasn't aware that exercise lowers your LDL levels...

    Does it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
    I wasn't aware that exercise lowers your LDL levels...

    Does it?
    I'm not making that claim as a universal statement, certainly. I'm not a doctor and don't play one in the movies... ;-)

    I am stating my experience, that's all. You can make your own conclusion... I know what I think!

    Gary

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    I have seen my numbers drop dramatically with a combination of regular cycling and a low carb diet (conversion from 4 year career as beer drinking couch potato - boy do I miss the Cobb Burger and a good IPA...). I try to keep the carbs limited to complex stuff that processes slow - ie no taters, no white bread, no jam, etc. Seems to be working. But the other part of the equation is our weight loss - if we lose weight, in most cases, our LDL will drop. So does our BP - I have been able to cut my bp meds (under doc's supervision) and am hoping in another 20 pounds or so to eliminate them.

    Cycle on!
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    I suppose it makes sense. My last checkup was right before I started cycling in May. I had been spinning or skiing 4-5 hours a week for 8 months and the doc said my LDL dropped like a rock and I had the lowest reading he's seen in months. I just assumed it was because I was eating a little healthier, and was surprised it made such a big drop. I'm worried because my next checkup is in a month and I've been a little sloppy with my diet lately. But I'm also averaging 12 hours of cycling a week now, so we'll see...

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    sweet! good work. 500 this summer, 1K next summer

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