A recent blood test and some new symptoms have raised my level of concern in regards to my fatty liver.
Two years ago when my hip flexors were bothering me, my doctor had some medical x-ray imaging done to rule out more serious problems than hip flexors. He told me that I was fine except that I had a fatty liver and scarred lungs. We took no action on either of those two things because I really wasn't showing any symptoms that would impede working out 3-4 hours a day.
Now my bilirubin is elevated and more tests are being done. Two big symptoms that are now bothering me are itching (especially at night) and fatigue (especially in the afternoon). While it's rare for men to have PBC, I guess it's possible. We'll see what other tests show and if I am AMA positive too.
While burning a ton of calories (2000 is a ton) while training, I took little care of how I was replacing the calories. The old "Once a Runner" idea that if the furnace is hot enough... Daily after training, I would re-hydrate and satisfy a calorie deficit with sodas and fast food for cheap and quick satisfaction.
Mental and emotional stress was also huge (a lot of it intentionally caused by the ex) in the last fifteen years. If I come up with an autoimmune reaction from stress, I will totally understand that too.
Health is what your organs can do. Fitness is what you can do. My level of fitness is way above my age. My level of health will be taking a big hit if my liver fails in the next 4-8 years.
My training can be healthy coping. I've used it throughout my life to get through my tragedies. I don't have to learn how to like exercise for my health. I already do.
I can change my diet. Looks like I need to be on water and 3-4 cups of coffee for my liquids. Processed foods are out as I need to eat apples and not apple pies, fritters, pastries...
Retired so I can rest, pray, read, take walks, get Vitamin D from the sun, etc.
Besides the blood test, fatigue and pruritus, I have been having trouble digesting red meat for a while which I simply attributed to poor digestion. I've been blowing off or attributing incorrectly what bothers me for years.
While considering my fitness and the ability to train 3-4 hours a day, I thought I was healthy and on my way to 100. My body didn't look this good in high school.
In closing, when it comes to your health, just because you are fit doesn't mean that you are healthy. You might have many symptoms that you don't address because you are fit. It's rather natural that we don't want to think otherwise.
PS This is good. https://www.slowtwitch.com/...ee_of_health._4.html
Indoor Triathlete - I thought I was right, until I realized I was wrong.