April 30, 2020
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know we are big believers in the power of exercise generally, and cycling specifically. This means we are always searching for new developments that underscore the health and lifestyle benefits of cycling.
With the COVID-19 pandemic already killing 60,000 Americans, we were especially excited to see a new Bicycling.com report that regular cycling could reduce the severity of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome — or ARDS. This condition affects up to 17% of those infected with COVID-19 and up to 42% of those with the virus who are hospitalized.
ARDS causes lung inflammation, tissue injury and can lead to respiratory failure, making it one of the most serious complications associated with COVID-19. It’s estimated that up to 45% of patients who develop severe ARDS will die from it.
So How Does Cycling Help?
According to Bicycling.com:
“Exercise may help prevent ARDS by triggering the production of a powerful antioxidant called extracellular superoxide dismutase (EcSOD). Our muscles naturally produce EcSOD and pump it into circulation. From there it binds to vital organs like the lungs where it acts like a shield protecting tissues from free radical damage and preventing disease.”
Because vigorous cycling ramps up our production of EcSOD, it may have a potent role to play in protecting us against ARDS.
As you likely know, exercise in general plays an important role in keeping our immune systems in good working order. It also helps lower blood pressure and control weight — two more key factors for COVID-19 complications.
So, if you needed additional encouragement to enjoy more cycling, we hope this helps keep you on the road, enjoying the view and living happier and healthier.
Gary Brustin is a lifelong cyclist who only handles bicycle-related litigation. If you’ve been injured or have suffered property damage, we urge you to contact Gary for a quick consultation.