Exercise may protect us from deadly COVID-19 symptoms, new study says

The study was conducted at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

A new study suggests that exercise can protect from the deadly symptoms of COVID-19, which is claiming the lives of thousands of people. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is one of the fatal side effects of the disease, which accounts for the majority of deaths in people. This discovery may help tackle the disease in a better way in people.

The study, conducted at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, says that findings strongly suggest the physical exercise will mots probably prevent ARDS in most patients. As ARDS is a fatal symptom and favors mortality in the majority of people, this study may be a breakthrough for saving lives. While speaking about ARDS, one should note that it is seen that 20% to 42% of all hospitalized patients exhibit those fatal symptoms of the disease.

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The numbers are even higher in patients admitted in Intensive Care Units, were about 67% to 85% suffer from the symptom. However, the most heartbreaking fact is that 45% of patients who develop RDS in COVID-19 die. Therefore, preventing such fatal symptoms in every possible way is essential in saving lives.

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Why does exercise help in this regard?

The reason behind the exercise is a vital factor is due to the release of antioxidants that protect vital organs. Here it is seen that a particular antioxidant is known extracellular superoxide dismutase or EcSOD. It should be noted that this antioxidant, in particular, destroys all free radicals, which causes harmful reactions to our tissues. On a natural process, the antioxidant is secreted by muscle tissues and released into our blood circulation, where they reach our vital organs and bind to them. Moreover, during a cardio workout, the levels increase, which will help in reducing damage to organs.

While many studies already stating the protective effect of EcSOD in diseases like Acute lung disease, Ischemic heart disease, etc. Laboratory trials in mice have shown that blocking EcSOD is aggravating several diseases. Research also suggests just a single session of workout is able to greatly boost the antioxidant levels, which will lead to a lot of positive consequences.

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While we are talking about naturally boosting the antioxidant, experts say that these chemicals may form a base for future therapeutics with laboratory trials in mice showing protective action of kidney cells in Chronic Kidney Disease. There is every chance we can see therapies based on antioxidants in the near future and even against COVID-19. With conventional antioxidants failing to achieve this feat, there is every possible chance that more chemicals like these will play a vital role.

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Source: UVA Today

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