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Exercise Can Help Protect Against COVID-19 and Prostate Cancer

Coronavirus became a pandemic quickly, causing many deaths due to a shortage of medical resources such as ventilators for patients and personal protective equipment for care providers in hospitals around the world.

COVID-19 can be lethal to people with known vulnerabilities and severe complications. If you have a condition known as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), you’re at risk of contracting COVID-19, pneumonia, and blood infection, which can lead to death.

The condition damages the normal lung mechanisms that help to oxygenate circulating blood. It compromises the membrane that protects small blood vessels from leaking fluid into air sacs that oxygenate the blood. When the heart pumps depleted blood to the body, cells in tissues will die for lack of oxygen and suffocate all the body parts. Patients with this condition are put on ventilators to help raise their oxygen levels.

A new study suggests that regular aerobic exercise can help to prevent patients with coronavirus from developing adverse complications. Researchers based their investigation on a powerful antioxidant known as extracellular superoxide dismutase (EcSOD), which can neutralize free radicals in the body.

Free radicals are known to cause oxidation in the body by stealing electrons from necessary proteins, DNA, and cell membranes. But when neutralized by antioxidants, the body tissues will remain functional.

Endurance exercise can promote EcSOD expression in skeletal muscles and produce natural antioxidant which protects the body from free radicals that damage lung tissues. Enhanced expression of EcSOD from all the tissues and other body organs can reduce the severity and risk of ARDS due to COVID-19.

Experts note that 30 minutes of daily aerobics can help you reduce the severity of ARDS, maintain cellular longevity, and heart health. In earlier studies, exercise was found to have protective anti-inflammatory effects against cancer.

A new international clinical study is being launched to determine how intense exercise can help increase survival in men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer. The study is built on previous evidence proving that physical activity directly impacts cancer progressions and helps patients to tolerate treatments and minimize the side effects of chemotherapy.

The underlying theory is for exercise to act as a drug that alters gene expression and other biochemistry to ensure overall survival is extended. Overall, the researchers propose that exercise has a therapeutic potential to protect and boost mental, physical, psychological, and emotional wellness.

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