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    Study shows Tour de France riders live significantly longer (6.7 years)

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    Study: Tour de France riders live longer - VeloNews.com

    How does this study square up with problems of constant cardio that Mark writes about. Some possibilities include (a) that constant cardio isn't that bad for you or (b) at least isn't permanently bad, (c) these cyclists do most riding below 75% or 80% max HR, or (c) they have changed their exercise routine since retiring.

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    Living longer than the average person is not particularly special. Maybe they'd live even longer if they dropped the chronic cardio and maintained their healthy habits.
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    They're more fit in general than the average. Also, if you're riding above 75-80% HR, you're not going to last long.

    Also, clearly this means we all need to start using performance enhancing drugs.

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    You know, some smart PEDs or "gear" as the body builders call it isn't a bad idea. Increase or just maintain your lean muscle mass as you age is a good thing. Just another CW stigma that will probably never change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoney56 View Post
    You know, some smart PEDs or "gear" as the body builders call it isn't a bad idea. Increase or just maintain your lean muscle mass as you age is a good thing. Just another CW stigma that will probably never change.
    I will absolutely go on some sort of doctor-controlled, low-level HGH or similar protocol as I get older. Maintain muscle, keep joints healthy...what's the downside? None, if you do it right.

    As to the bike riders...being above average in this day and age is no huge accomplishment...they're high level athletes; of course they live longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
    I will absolutely go on some sort of doctor-controlled, low-level HGH or similar protocol as I get older.
    How old are you talking about here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrimalHunter View Post
    How old are you talking about here?
    I don't know. I figure I'll know when it's time, but I'd guess somewhere near 50?

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    There was a study in 1993 that came to a similar conclusion vis-a-vis endurance athletes (TdF riders would fit) compared to other athletes and non-athletes.

    I lifted this from wiki:

    What is the average lifespan among professional athletes

    Med Sci Sports Exerc 1993, Volume 25, pages 237-244
    Increased life expectancy of world class male athletes

    The study found the following life expectancies, when world class
    athletes were compared with each other and a reference group of
    non-athletes "The mean LE adjusted for occupational group, marital
    status, and the age at entry to the cohort (and its 95% confidence
    limits) was in endurance sports (long distance running and
    cross-country skiing) 75.6 (73.6, 77.5) yr; in team games (soccer, ice
    hockey, basketball, as well as jumpers and short-distance runners from
    track and field (73.9 (72.7, 75.1) yr; in power sports (boxing,
    wrestling, weight lifting, and throwers from field athletics) 71.5
    (70.4, 72.2) yr; and in the reference group 69.9 (69.0, 70.9) yr." The
    increase in life expectancy found in athletes was mainly due to
    decreased cardiovascular mortality and participation in team sports.

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