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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-26-11, 03:36 PM   #1
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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!"

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Old 10-26-11, 04:23 PM   #2
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Old 10-26-11, 04:27 PM   #3
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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!
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Old 10-26-11, 06:23 PM   #5
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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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Old 10-27-11, 05:19 PM   #9
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I wasn't aware that exercise lowers your LDL levels...

Does it?
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Old 10-27-11, 08:02 PM   #11
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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!

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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.

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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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Old 10-27-11, 09:44 PM   #14
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sweet! good work. 500 this summer, 1K next summer
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