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Old 12-25-2019, 11:50 AM   #21
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Hmm... I'm a 56 year old male, haven't been to the doctor in two years. My blood pressure is slightly elevated, but I don't take any medications. My blood work from two years ago looked good. I'm overweight and don't get enough exercise, especially over the winter. But other than sore knees, I feel great, no health issues at all.

I know I should go see the doctor, but I hate looking for problems I didn't know I had and taking medications for those unknown issues.
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Hmm... I'm a 56 year old male, haven't been to the doctor in two years. My blood pressure is slightly elevated, but I don't take any medications. My blood work from two years ago looked good. I'm overweight and don't get enough exercise, especially over the winter. But other than sore knees, I feel great, no health issues at all.

I know I should go see the doctor, but I hate looking for problems I didn't know I had and taking medications for those unknown issues.
Yes yearly checkups is the way to go. You can always turn the advice of the doctor, but I would rather know........
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I'm 64 and haven't had a physical exam in 15 years. I have been going to a holistic dr twice a year to have blood work reviewed. And twice a yr to dentist, once a yr to dermatologist, once a yr to eye dr. And regularly to a chiro when I'm putting in lots of mile running. Other than that, only trips to quick care for cuts, breaks, and tick bites. Thinking about getting a thorough physical before medicare kicks in.
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Recommended?! I am so jealous. I just moved to FL so I have a new PCP. On the initial visit he told me I should gain weight because of my BMI. I asked him why, assuming I was getting adequate nutrition. He backpedaled, but that was a red flag.

I had annual bloodwork and he wants an appointment to discuss it. It has to be total cholesterol. I dread the LCHF, statins conversation.
My PCP & I discussed statins 2 years ago when my cholesterol hit 258 but I postponed the decision to see if dietary changes & exercise would make a difference. They did! After 5 months, the numbers had improved dramatically & my PCP & I were very happy.

I really changed the way I eat & my mindset is it's permanent. My weight was fine to start with & I thought my diet was already pretty good, but apparently those indulgences added up. Now I eat only the good stuff & totally avoid empty carbs, bread I don't really want & sugary fat-bombs. It isn't keto - I have oatmeal daily & plenty of fruit, sweet potatoes, etc. - but it works for me.

Though I wasn't trying to lose weight, I lost 23 pounds in 18 months. (I hardly noticed since it was so gradual & I never felt hungry.) Recently when I joined a gym a PT focused on my numbers (weight & BMI) & suggested I gain 10-15 pounds. Hmm, no - unless it's mostly muscle, which is a good goal. That requires, the PT says, plenty of protein, so I'm working on that.
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I'm 64 and haven't had a physical exam in 15 years. I have been going to a holistic dr twice a year to have blood work reviewed. And twice a yr to dentist, once a yr to dermatologist, once a yr to eye dr. And regularly to a chiro when I'm putting in lots of mile running. Other than that, only trips to quick care for cuts, breaks, and tick bites. Thinking about getting a thorough physical before medicare kicks in.
Good idea since the Medicare annual "wellness exam" is not that thorough except for the blood work. I always request a PSA test with the blood work too.
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I'm female, and I ran my first marathon at age 52. Now 58, and I just did a rim-to-river-to-rim one-day hike in the Grand Canyon. No health issues. Still haven't fallen apart.
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Recommended?! I am so jealous. I just moved to FL so I have a new PCP. On the initial visit he told me I should gain weight because of my BMI. I asked him why, assuming I was getting adequate nutrition. He backpedaled, but that was a red flag.

I had annual bloodwork and he wants an appointment to discuss it. It has to be total cholesterol. I dread the LCHF, statins conversation.
My prior PCP said she wanted "her seniors" to be at the top of their BMI. She's a prior PCP for that and many other reasons.

The lesson I took from her was if you can't agree about simple things how are you going to trust someone when you are very ill? In my case it wasn't pretty.
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My prior PCP said she wanted "her seniors" to be at the top of their BMI. She's a prior PCP for that and many other reasons.
Actually there is quite a bit of good data that being slightly overweight when you're over 70 is associated with longer life. Just a generality and only one factor to consider among many, but I could see some justification for her statement.
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My prior PCP said she wanted "her seniors" to be at the top of their BMI. She's a prior PCP for that and many other reasons.

The lesson I took from her was if you can't agree about simple things how are you going to trust someone when you are very ill? In my case it wasn't pretty.
Agree with Braumeister that her preference for her senior patients to be near the top of their normal BMI range is a probably a good thing.
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Scanned through the thread and saw many medical specialists listed.

Should this thread be merged to the "Blow Dough" thread?
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Those are some fabulous positives!
You deserve some credit because you motivated me with your Keto thread. I never really got down to a Keto level of carbs, but the carb cutting helped me significantly.
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Do all of the tests and surgeries get more....I don't know the word, acceptable as you age? I am 49.5 and hate the idea of even having one surgery or painful recovery, much less 7 in a year. I don't see how I can do it but everyone does seem to eventually resign themselves to it.
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Do all of the tests and surgeries get more....I don't know the word, acceptable as you age?
I think if the alternative is worse (ie, resigning to constant pain, giving up basic activities, um...cancer, etc.), then yes it's more acceptable.

I'm 50, and have been squarely in the "no surgery unless mandatory" camp. However, I now have a torn meniscus that has sidelined me from running this season (FL, this is the good time of year). I was gung ho to go the surgery route as soon as I had the diagnosis, but doc says it's normal to wait and take it easy, these things sometimes heal on their own. So, Because of holidays and travel I've postponed the surgery till February, but I know it's not healing, I can do everything but run, and it's driving me nuts. Can't wait to get in there and fix it!
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You deserve some credit because you motivated me with your Keto thread. I never really got down to a Keto level of carbs, but the carb cutting helped me significantly.
That's great! If you get carbs low enough to reduce cravings and reverse insulin resistance you're gaining a lot of benefits even if you don't go into ketosis.
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...Oh and a PSA:

If you are over 50 and doing the "i haven't seen a doc in X years but I'm healthy and don't want to have needless blah blah...." - that's a great way to ruin your early retirement plans: Colon, prostate, breast - these cancers start showing up but when found and treated early have great long term survival rates. But if not, found too late, folks tend to exit before they have to worry when to start taking SS.

So get in there, get your check ups!
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Just turned 65, knee surgery, ct Scan for lungs(clear results are good) and Ultrasound for Aorta Aneurysm which was positive. Now I see a vein specialist to see if any action needed on the Aneurysm. No medications yet!

Next year will be better.

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I know I've said this before: 50s? 60s? Reality alert - You may as well say you're 17. Update when you're approaching 80.
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My prior PCP said she wanted "her seniors" to be at the top of their BMI. She's a prior PCP for that and many other reasons.

The lesson I took from her was if you can't agree about simple things how are you going to trust someone when you are very ill? In my case it wasn't pretty.
"my seniors" Oh ick ick ick. Yeah, that's where I'm afraid this is heading. It helps that I saw the Richard Jewell movie yesterday, which was very compelling. The takeaway for me was not blindly trusting authority.

I am going to try to capture your backbone for the upcoming visit. I picked this dr because I can walk there. Gosh that sounds silly, even typing it.

I'm 62, just to keep to the topic, and I am not troubled by any daily health complaints. I'm still physically active swimming laps or running every day, and I credit a low carb high fat diet plus good genes plus luck. The wheels are going to fall off the bus at some point.

I did go a little nuts on the saturated fat since I moved here so I know I have to clean that up.
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Though I wasn't trying to lose weight, I lost 23 pounds in 18 months. (I hardly noticed since it was so gradual & I never felt hungry.) Recently when I joined a gym a PT focused on my numbers (weight & BMI) & suggested I gain 10-15 pounds. Hmm, no - unless it's mostly muscle, which is a good goal. That requires, the PT says, plenty of protein, so I'm working on that.
That is a great success story. You should feel proud for sticking with it.
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Spoke to my oldest (time framewise) buddy in Toronto this a.m. Asked him about another guy we both knew 'back when'....."Oh, I heard he was dead....cancer, I think".

He got the news from another guy....who was always the most sickly looking feller we knew.....my friend said "He (the other guy) looks just the same, younger, if anything".

So...I worked out on the elliptical, and listened to something apropos that I haven't played for over half a century:

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