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Advanced Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 271
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 9:45 am:   Edit Post

I posted a thread that I was 50 this year, okay it has it's bike insurance, wisdom but it has a lot of disadvantages too. Have to have reading glasses and now I have hypertension(High blood pressure) and raised cholesterol..
My lifestyle is very good, non smoker, good diet but I have to thank my late father for implanting those genes in me.
They say age is only a number but unfortunately some other numbers come with it...160/100, 6/1 mmol/l.
Could anyone direct me to the Fountain of Youth please if not I will continue taking the medication.
Sympathy please..lots of it!!
Senior Member
Username: groovelines

Post Number: 492
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 9:58 am:   Edit Post

Oh man, you mean I could have waited until I was fifty?!
Intermediate Member
Username: xlrogue6

Post Number: 132
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 2:03 pm:   Edit Post

The route to the Fountain is uphill. The problem with hitting the half century mark is that good diet and being a non-smoker isn't enough, although it puts you ahead of some of your contemporaries. Add 30-60 minutes of hard aerobic exercise (swimming or bicycling or other low impact stuff so you don't injure those aging joints!)6 days a week and your cholesterol and BP will drop--I promise. Plus, you'll feel like you dropped a decade or three as well. Works for me anyway....
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2622
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 4:47 pm:   Edit Post

You want the fountain of youth? Open your case, pull out your instrument and PLAY IT! Nothing better for the soul. A good body needs a good soul.

Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of man.

Bill, tgo
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1609
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 1:29 am:   Edit Post

If you're taking statines for cholestorol, and you start dropping things, then discuss other options with your doctor. The effect of statines on cholestorol levels is actually a side-effect of this drug, which was intended for other problems than cholestorol. That is why you may experience side-effects that are actually the regular workings of statines. Lowering or stopping your statine intake will not have an immediate effect, but it would show in a couple of months.
Advanced Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 272
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 3:13 am:   Edit Post

I refused ther statines because this happened some years ago when I was a shift worker and I was eating junk food, chips, chocolate biscuits, take away meals so I declined the medication, I am on anti hypertensives.
I trained very hard in taekwon do some years ago but stopped because of knees hurting(kicking into air is not good!)
I aim to get the BP sorted then take up the exercise regime. I have stopped the after gig meals now so I my blood lipid profile will be re assessed in three weeks.
The Alembic gets played every day so I hope it helps.
Age sucks but it is better than the alternative, thanks for the sympathy AND the advice, just goes to show, the members of this club have experinece in all walks of life
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1267
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 3:19 am:   Edit Post

The Fountain of Youth is at 11 Magnolia Avenue in St. Augustine Florida. Been there many times but I gotta say, I don't think it's working :-)
Username: ctjim

Post Number: 74
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 5:20 am:   Edit Post

FOY = Diet& Exercize. Can never overdo fruit &
veggie intake. It's all the "good stuff" we need to watch out for. Welcome to the 2nd half...
Senior Member
Username: keavin

Post Number: 1283
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

All you need is a 23yr old girl & you'll be fine!
Advanced Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 273
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 10:31 am:   Edit Post

Got a 38 year old girlfriend who is a runner, does that help(or not)!!!
Advanced Member
Username: chuck

Post Number: 207
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 3:47 pm:   Edit Post

It all depends.Can she catch you?

Intermediate Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 106
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 3:27 pm:   Edit Post

Great thread bringing smiles as I also am hitting the number 50 this year. I'm sharing in your sympathy!

Senior Member
Username: gare

Post Number: 402
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 9:46 am:   Edit Post

Aww come on Terry..50 aint so bad. If you wake up in the morning it's a good day ! My girlfriend is 11 years younger than me and I can still move better than her. Since taking my pension last November I've found a little more rest and less stress are beneficial, the blood pressure went from 161/110 to 110/60. Remember, you're not old, just a little older. But I want to know where the thinning hair gene came from.
Now 60..well that'll be a whole nother thread when it comes up.

Advanced Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 276
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 1:24 pm:   Edit Post

Gare - yes better than the alternative and yes Chuck - she can catch me!!!
Anyway I have eating more veg and bran but the gas production has gone up(oops).
I do have a moderate metabolic rate so I know my lipids will drop without statines. I will get it done at work when I go back as I have been off for a week.
Artswork99 - oh yes welcome to the half century club
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 543
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, September 21, 2007 - 8:40 pm:   Edit Post

30 Years Difference

1973: Long hair
2005: Longing for hair

1973: KEG
2005: EKG

1973: Acid rock
2005: Acid reflux

1973: Moving to California because it's cool
2005: Moving to California because it's warm

1973: Trying to look like Liz Taylor
2005: Trying NOT to look like Liz Taylor

1973: Seeds and stems
2005: Roughage

1973: Hoping for a BMW
2005: Hoping for a BM

1973: The Grateful Dead
2005: Dr. Kevorkian

1973: Going to a new, hip joint
2005: Receiving a new hip joint

1973: Rolling Stones
2005: Kidney Stones

1973: Passing the drivers' test
2005: Passing the vision test

Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly change things.

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1985. They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

The CD was introduced the year they were born.

They have always had an answering machine.

They have always had cable.

They cannot fathom not having a remote control.

Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.

Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.

They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.

They never heard: "Where's the Beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel", or "de plane Boss, de plane".

They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. even is.

McDonald's never served food in Styrofoam containers.

They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter or a rotary phone.

Do you feel old yet?

PS - Save the earth. It's the only planet with chocolate
Advanced Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 203
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 5:58 am:   Edit Post

I always like that one Toby, but it needs updated - the kids born in 1985 aren't starting college this fall, they graduated this spring (just to make us all feel a little older)

Peter, whose youngest was born in '85 - and is now back from college & living in the basement with his drums and guitars and pool cue.
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1581
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 6:08 am:   Edit Post

I played a 2 1/2 hour gig last night with a 30 minute break in the middle. MAN I don't know how in the world I ever did those 5 hour nights.
My back was killing me half way through the gig and I'm only 44 (well 45 next month).

On an up beat though I was happy with my playing though. My fingers never cramped or got tired. My ears aren't what they used to be though.

Peter, my youngest graduates this spring BUT she 's getting married in March so I'll have one big EMPTY house.

Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2628
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 2:58 pm:   Edit Post

I still can play a couple of hours non-stop, but I try to have a stool by my rig. To paraphrase Al Pacino: "SCIATICA"!!!! Long live Jeff "Skunk" Baxter!

Bill, tgo
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1224
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 10:57 am:   Edit Post

I'm 52. I LOVE it. My hormones are no longer on fire. I'm not in the big rush I was in my 20's, I've learned patience. I SAW the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I have my health and age is just a number: I probably would feel differently if I were battling some ailments. I enjoy life now for what it is, not what it was supposed to be in my twenties. And though I bitch about it, I'm actually liking that my body now reminds me my candle doesn't have two ends anymore.

I get to remind the 'kids' I work with of David Crosby's quote: "I came along AFTER the Pill and BEFORE AIDs!" They roll their eyes, albeit with some envy.

I lived long enough to have some miles on me and I have no regrets that haunt me. My sister reminds me at this age I know what I like and know how to steer clear of everything else that is just a waste of time. I like that.

Believe me, 'old age and treachery' IS everything it's cracked up to be!

J o e y
Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 2211
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2007 - 5:30 am:   Edit Post

I wise man once said: "We don't get old and then stop riding (motorcycles), we stop riding and then get old!"

Get up off yer arses and ride, LOL!


Username: howierd

Post Number: 70
Registered: 8-2004
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2007 - 1:54 pm:   Edit Post

I turned 55 in June 2007... On Mother's day 2002 I was home with only days to live, with family visiting. After years of treatments for Hep-C..... more than a year on transplant list....6 months at # 1 on list... My wife brought me home from hospital days earlier so I could die at home. .... When the phone rings.....UVA hospital .... New Liver!!! Now 5 yrs 4 Mons. 12 days later I am enjoying life to the fullest. Both kids have graduated College. However I did miss my son's graduation in May 2002..( I was preoccupied) but got go to his graduation from Law School in 2005. I started playing bass again in 2004. Of course I'm now retired after 30 years with Va Power. Now I play with 3 different groups just about every weekend. I have a big wood shop and do lots of wood turning and build custom birdhouses and other items.....Now I'm busier than I was when I was employed.......
Ain't Life Great..
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1268
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 8:36 am:   Edit Post

Howard, life is great. It seems you and I have more than Alembic in common. Thanks for the uplift this morning.

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5518
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 6:26 pm:   Edit Post

Terry; to add to the list ..
Vegan diet
Daily Yoga
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1584
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 6:36 pm:   Edit Post

While I'm not down with the "Vegan" diet I do agree that eating sensibly and a daily exercise regimen is a must for “kids” of ALL ages.

And Sam is right, life is good!

The best part of “growing older” is that it beats the alternative!

Good health and cheers to all,
Advanced Member
Username: alembic_doctor

Post Number: 338
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 6:41 pm:   Edit Post

I eat vegans for lunch
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 768
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 8:10 am:   Edit Post

I'm an ovo-lacto-chickeno-beefo-vegetarian, is that like being a vegan?

Wait, I like pork, too.

At least I'm not protein deficient. :-)
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 2552
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 11:20 am:   Edit Post

Since I try to be back I can as well chime in here too!
So 50 huh???
I am 52 now and of course things changed a lot in my body!
Me too have inherited a cholesterol anomality (from my mum).
Unfortunately a diet is not an option!
For two reasons: it will noet have enough effect!
And a diet would bring me into an eating scheme that is in no way social acceptable for me.

Brother Joey said wise words.
I don't intent to look back.
I don't compare to what was.
I understand the melancholic feeling.
I can still be excited for what is in the future for me!
I still love to meet new people, man and women, musicians, singers, writers, scientist.
OK ...age put limits ...but then there is something to push.
My limits are more musical now.
I am with Bill on that (well on more than that. I am quite Billish tough no guitarplayer).

About food?
If you have no ethical problems with it: eat what you like.
But (there is always a but) to quote an old latin saying:
"quantum est venenum".

Paul TBO

Oh BTW Joey: did you receive my mail package????

(Message edited by palembic on September 29, 2007)
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 778
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 3:07 pm:   Edit Post

Quantity is poison?

Quidquid latine dictum sit altum videtur, ma il maledizione più orrendo in italiano suona bello
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 2556
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 1:40 am:   Edit Post

Litterally yes!
It means "it's the quantity that you take of something that makes it bad! There are as such no bad things."
In a way being addicted to water is as bad as being addicted to whisky! Addiction is about wrong quantities (in time). A sport bicyclist ovehee in Belgium has had a water addiction. He drank 10 liters of water a day!
There has been a time that smoking tobacco (I don't say cigarettes) was a relaxing thing. Again is about quantity in unit of time!
As I may believe the lancet, scientifically one measure (15cc) alcohol a day lowers the risk for arteriosclerosis.
Autopsy done on a finnish lady who drank herself to dead revealed that her veins were smooth as silk but she had a liver the size of a head of a grown up man.
Well ...well ...excuse me my rambling. It's about "quantum est venenum".

Paul the bad one

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