Body building is very much a visual sport; a bodybuilder’s impressive physique is hard to ignore and recognizable world-over. Although these athletes spend an insane amount of time in the gym and perfecting their diets, how does this sport affect their overall health?
The intensive weight lifting and strength training that bodybuilders undergo changes their bodies, making them stronger and leaner. Building muscle mass is not only healthy in the short term, but can also have long-lasting health benefits. For example, according to LiveStrong, with age comes a loss of muscle mass and strength attributed to sarcopenia, the natural and normal decline in muscle. Building up muscle mass earlier in life can help to slow down this natural muscle decline, keeping your stronger for longer. In the long term, it can help you to live independently and maintain a better quality of life in your later years, though it does come with some potential downsides.
Among its benefits, bodybuilding can help contribute to better bone health. According to LiveStrong, the resistance training associated with body building puts strain on your bones, and forces them to adapt and become stronger and more dense. This can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis and even make you less susceptible to breaks and fractures.
Unfortunately, while bodybuilding can benefit muscle and bone health, it can be detrimental to your overall heart health. For example, How Stuff Works reported that intense lifting, such as lifting more than half of your overall body weight, can put you at risk for tearing your aorta —an often fatal heart injury. However, this risk is only for those who weight lift to the extreme. In moderate amounts, strength training is also highly beneficial for your heart and lung health, and can improve the function of both these vital organs.
Along with weightlifting, bodybuilding is often associated with strict dieting to help get as lean and big as possible. Unfortunately, according to Healthline, many bodybuilders tend to restrict caloric intake and upload on protein while leaving out other important vitamins and nutrients. However, unhealthy dieting does not have to be a part of your bodybuilding routine, and maintaining a healthy diet can help you to reach your ultimate fitness goals.
Some bodybuilders may even develop a distorted view of their bodies, called muscle dysmorphia, in their effort to become bigger and leaner. According to the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation, individuals with muscle dysmorphia are preoccupied with not being sufficiently muscular or lean and as a result will develop unhealthy behaviors such as spending excessive time in the gym, adhering to unhealthy diet plans, and compulsively comparing and checking out their physique.
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Approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year around the world. The bacterial infection is transmitted by tick bites, especially deer ticks, making infections more prominent during the summer months.
Labor Day means the official end to summer, so how can you know if you contracted Lyme disease during one of your many hikes in the woods? And what can happen if you’re infected and unaware?
Lyme Disease Symptoms
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 70 to 80 percent of people infected with Lyme disease develop a bullseye-shaped rash around the tick bite. This usually appears three to 30 days after being bitten.
“The most common symptoms patients have are fatigue, headache, joint pain, and heart palpitations,” Andrea Gaito, M.D., a New Jersey-based rheumatologist, told Women’s Health. “A lot of people have different variations of neurological Lyme disease, so they can’t think straight, experience memory loss, or even [have] psychological issues, like depression and anxiety.”
Experts do not often attribute deaths to Lyme disease, according to LymeDisease.org, but studies have documented at least 23.
Chronic Lyme Disease
Untreated Lyme can sometimes develop into severe conditions like post-treatment Lyme disease (PTLD) or chronic Lyme disease (CLD). The CDC estimates that about 10 to 20 percent of people suffering from Lyme disease remain sick and develop chronic symptoms.
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Yolanda Foster has opened up publicly about her struggle with CLD. In 2012, she also revealed that two of her three children — models Bella and Anwar Hadid — also suffer from the lifelong ailment.
“It affected my memory, so I suddenly wouldn’t remember how to drive to Santa Monica from Malibu where I lived,” 19-year-old Bella told the Evening Standard. “I couldn’t ride [horses]. I was just too sick. And I had to sell my horse because I couldn’t take care of it.”
Lyme disease is very difficult to treat, especially the chronic type. The CDC reported that “patients with certain neurological or cardiac forms of the illness may require intravenous treatment” with antibiotics.
Bella Hadid recently shared an image of her getting treatment for CLD, which is likely antibiotics.