• Athlete Health Status – Help me settle a bet

    I'm not going to taint the results by telling you what the bet is, or my stand, I'm only going to ask for your help to settle the bet. Below is the entire set of questions. Even if your answer is "no" on the first question, let me know. If you click the Survey Monkey link at the bottom of the page, you can help me collect data.

    I am defining "athlete" as anyone that does aerobic or strength training sessions a minimum of three hours per week. That means you may not be competing, but you aren't sitting on the couch.

    1. Blood testing. Have you had a blood test done to benchmark your health status within the last year?
    2. Large waist circumference. Does your waistline measure at least 35 inches (89 centimeters) for women or 40 inches (102 centimeters) for men?
    3. Difficulty losing weight. In spite of working out some three to six hours per week, is it impossible to drop that last 10 +/- pounds?
    4. High triglyceride level. Is your triglyceride level at 150 milligrams per deciliter, or mg/dL, (1.7 millimoles per liter, or mmol/L) or more? Or are you receiving treatment for high triglycerides?
    5. Reduced HDL cholesterol. Are your levels of this "good" cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL (1.04 mmol/L) in men or less than 50 mg/dL (1.3 mmol/L) in women, or are you receiving treatment for low HDL?
    6. Total cholesterol. Is your total cholesterol greater than 200 mg/dL?
    7. Increased blood pressure. Are you taking blood pressure medications or is your blood pressure 130/85 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or higher?
    8. Elevated fasting blood sugar. Is your fasting blood sugar number 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L) or higher - or do you take medications to control your high blood sugar?


    Link to Survey Monkey questionnaire.


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