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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Not just to lose weight but to protect your health.

This a.m. I read an article about the relationship of exercise to Covid-19. One of the things scientist have been looking at is why do some people have much less severe symptoms and others end up in ICU with ventilator support. I will not list all the statistics (yawn), just that 45% of patients who develop severe ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), which they are seeing in Covid, die. Dr Zhen Yan of University of Virginia, Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center, reports evidence strongly supporting the possibility that exercise can prevent or at least reduce the effects of ARDS. The interesting thing to me was that an antioxidant known as extracellular superoxide dismutase (EcSOD) hunts down free radicals in the body, thus protecting our tissues. Our muscles produce EcSOD, and the production is enhanced by cardiovascular exercise. This research is supported by the NIH and the findings have been published in the scientific journal Redox Biology. It is known that exercise increases endorphins, making us feel "happier" and this is another nugget of information for our arsenal of reasons to exercise. EcSod affects many diseases, acute lung disease, ischemic heart disease, kidney failure and is associated with osteoarthritis.

If a doctor tells you to take a pill every day for 14 days to cure an ailment, are you going to ignore his advice and just hope the ailment goes away. Nope, I don't think so. I am guilty of this very thing, the ortho doctor gave me instructions on how to fix my knees and I don't do them as regularly as advised. I think as much as we do know about exercise and the health benefits, ignoring that information is....well I'm not going to call that out. LOL

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