Two or three weeks ago I was experiencing some intermitent numbness in my left foot, even off the bike, and that prompted me to go get a physical (first one in five years). This involved two visits, some blood work, etc. I've just come back from the second visit.
Basically, everything is pretty darn good. The first visit revealed some high blood pressure, so I was prescribed some medication, and that has already knocked it down (the high number was 180, today it was 140). My choleresterol is 208, which the doc thinks can be addressed through diet.
Otherwise, everything looked good to him. No evidence of diabetes, heart was good, colon fine, etc. etc. etc. Only thing he said I needed to do was LOSE SOME WEIGHT!
And he's right, and it's time to get serious about that. Two and a half years ago, I got serious and quit smoking. Little over a year ago, I got serious and began cycling and getting some exercise. Now it's time to address the weight issues by adding more fruits and vegetables, cutting WAY back on red meat, eliminating as much junk food as possible, cutting WAY back on milk (my secret addiction, although I at least drink 2%), and knocking out the salt. No special diet, just common sense. As he reminded me -- "You know what you shouldn' be eating, you don't need a fancy diet." And he's right of course.
Anyway -- feels good to know that all the major systems are AOK, and with a conscious effort in the food department, I can be even better.
Oh -- and the numbness in the foot? By the time I got my appointment with the doc, it wasn't happening, and hasn't happened since. It's like the noise in your car that disappears when you get to the mechanic.