This is in response to a recent post highlighting a doctor's unscientific fantasy conclusion that "If you are over 50, think twice before you get on a bicycle...The benefits just don't outweigh the potential consequences."
I've been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and COPD.
I'm 54. I ride nearly every day, including a couple of centuries a year. I also ride through the Winter. I can state with absolute certainty that cycling has helped with every one of these things.
Since I started riding, the only malady I treat is the AS, with Enbrel and Methotrexate. I have no trouble breathing. The dizziness and brutal headaches I suffered, as part of the CF symptoms, are a thing of the past. The arthritis in my knees doesn't bother me anymore. My muscle tone is great and my energy level is much higher than it was when I wasn't riding. Friends tell me I look great and I feel happy most of the time, something that definitely wasn't the case prior to getting back on a bike.
I'm curious to know what cycling has done for you? At what age do you think the returns will diminish? Have you reached that age?