A 17-year-old from Texas nearly died after overdoing it at the gym. Doctors found that he destroyed his muscle fibers and could have died from kidney failure. The rare condition is called rhabdomyolysis and it usually appears in athletes that are working out too much.
Jared Shamburger, 17, said that he knew that something was wrong when he started feeling “super duper sore” after an intense weightlifting session. He went to a doctor and found that he had a bout of rhabdomyolysis.
This condition appears when physical activity damages the muscle so much that muscle fibers begin to die. In the process, a protein called myoglobulin builds up in the bloodstream.
Other proteins that are released by a destroyed muscle can cause severe health problems like cardiac arrest, liver disease, cognitive impairment and so on. The kidneys, which are supposed to filter out all the waste, are the most affected.
A Potentially Deadly Condition
As a result, a rhabdo patient can develop kidney failure, which can prove lethal. However, if the condition is spotted on time, the patient usually survives and makes a full recovery.
The condition is caused by exercising too much, falling from a building, extreme dehydration, and being injured in a car crash.
Experts recommend fitness lovers and athletes not to overdo exercise. Instead, they should gradually up the difficulty of their workout regimen. Also, if you have never or rarely exercised, you shouldn’t hit the gym too hard the first time.
Couch potatoes’ bodies need to get used to new workloads, so gradually upping the intensity of the exercise is the key to a healthy exercise.
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