Let's do a Century
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
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The Doctor Says I'm Normal
I guess that is a good thing??
Recently did the annual physical thing and asked for a more detailed blood panel that included thyroid functions. I moaned and groaned about how heavy I was and how hard it was to lose weight and wondered if my thyroid was functioning properly. She looked at the charts and said "Well, you ARE 10 pounds lighter than last year this time........". Oh well, so much for that complaint. But I am about 10 pounds heavier than I'd like and need to be.
Anyway she sent me a long list of the blood test results and her basic overall conclusion was "I'm normal". So overall that's really not so bad.
There were some items either just outside the high or low range which of course I went to the web to see what they meant. Some seem related to the prednisone I was taking. The LDL is the really frustrating item. While it's normal it's not Optimum. Seems like if you rode a bike like I do and eat decently it would be much better but I can just thank my Mom and Dad for that one. However it is only okay with the meds I've been taking for a long time-along with overall Cholesterol and HDL/LDL rations, triglycerides, etc.
Another item that was high was probably related to the auto immune issue I've battled with viruses that can cause my joints to swell uncontrollably. Fortunately that only happens every 30 years.....
I've also asked for the carotid ultrasound just to get a baseline on the baseline on any plaque build up in the arteries. I had a Heart Cath a number of years ago and it was completely clear. We'll schedule the ultrasound early next year on the new med plan.
The blood pressure and heart rate DO show the effects of riding for hours at a time. And of course I was a little dehydrated when they tried to take my blood so it took 2-3 sticks to break through the vein wall.....normal for me.
I can't imagine if I'd still be normal if I didn't do all the exercise from cycling.........
Ride your Ride!!