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I'm Less Crabby Now

Friday, January 24, 2014

I made it half-way through a Group Ride class last night. I started feeling light-headed, so I pedaled easily until my heart rate got back to normal and then called it a night. I'm glad I tried. I plan to go to the gym tonight for a swim, and I'm hopeful I can ride tomorrow (outside! on a real bike!). Running is still days away, though.

Just got back from the doctor. He explained why he had me quit taking supplements. His thinking is that my increased thirst and cramps are the result of my body processing the extra micronutrients and handling the stress of increased exercise. It makes sense to me. We compromised: I'm going to cut waaaay back on most of my supplements, and see how my body reacts.

He removed several things that were listed on my chart: Metabolic syndrome, high LDL, pre-diabetes, and obesity. Congratulations, he said. You just got rid of four medical conditions all because of exercise. So I guess I can forgive him for dissing my well-thought-out supplementation program.
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    I think the tide is turning on supplements as people start to take seriously the idea that they are, in fact, drugs that have physiological effects just like other drugs produced by pharmaceutical companies. It seems that the message trend is to be more cautious - this is very different from the days when I was told that megadoses of various vitamins were perfectly safe because "our bodies just eliminate what we don't need" (which always struck me as a formula for making very expensive urine).

    So, like everything, the messages change with new research findings. And yeah, my doctor and I keep debating the vitamin D recommendations, too. She's inclined to this a little supplementation is probably okay, I'd rather try to get sunshine. (Which is hard during the Freezepocolypse...)

    Good for you for having good conversations with your doctor, and for being so vigilent about it! You're doing great!
    910 days ago
  • v MISSG180

    Vitamin D is so controversial these days. Hubby is on loads of it, because his body does not absorb it well. His cardiologist checks his levels every time he's in, and with 10,000 iu once a week and 2000 iu daily, his levels are barely at the bottom of normal.

    But for someone who processes vitamin D well, this amount of supplementation would be a real problem. So it's something that definitely needs to be monitored.
    910 days ago
  • v HILLSLUG98239
    Many of my supplements were recommended by doctors to begin with. And I didn't point out the irony to my doctor that he wants me to take 2000 iu of vitamin D a day: it wasn't that long ago that much vitamin D would have been considered toxic, and that it would cause permanent calcification of soft tissue in the body.
    910 days ago
    Well done, Hillslug! Beating back those conditions is no mean feat.

    Whether or not to take supplements is a pretty serious question. Like JOYCRN above, I try to eat a well-rounded range of foods (and yeah, I eat meat and cook my veggies). I take a multivitamin when I get too busy/distracted/lazy to eat well and my diet gets crappy. Or when a bloodtest shows that I'm anemic. I make this choice mostly because in my case, I really don't think they do anything for me - no extra boosts of energy, no feeling like I'm stronger or better. (Except for the Iron supplements when I'm anemic. Hoo boy, I do feel that.)

    What I worry about with supplements, and another reason I avoid them, is that those chemicals can interact with each other and with other medicines I may be taking - and they seldom warn you about what's safe and what's not. So, drinking cranberry juice for a UTI may be fine...but trying to boost the effect by taking a cranberry-based supplement AND then taking aspirin could muck up my liver. (And I prefer to muck up my liver with cabernet, thankyouverymuch.)

    But as you say, you've thought about your supplements pretty carefully. And you've probably run them through the databases about drug interactions (like this one -
    druginformation.html ) Scaling back to find the balance between perceived benefits, and definite problems (thirst, cramps) is probably a good idea.

    And yay, kicking four killers to the curb. YOU ROCK!!
    911 days ago
  • v JOYCRN
    I personally try to eat FOOD, not supplements, because I don't believe that we know everything that is in food or how it is balanced so we can't make a perfect pill ( this has been shown to be the case with calcium supplements, fish oil supplements, and I believe will be shown to be the case with other supplements. Some of the least healthy people I know (I am a nurse) rely on supplements ( though their unhealthy state may have led them to the supplements rather than the supplements to the unhealthy state, I admit). Vegetables, fruits and whole grains are the key, I believe. emoticon
    911 days ago
  • v BILL60
    You're just becoming a "Tiger". Keep it up and enjoy the ride.
    911 days ago
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