For the studies, published in International Journal of Sports Medicine and Exercise Immunology Reviews, researchers discovered that long-distance runners showed signs of sepsis after a big race. Sepsis is a dangerous infection of the blood that affects over one million people in the U.S. each year. If this is true, we’d be seeing pro athletes with four times the rate of infection as normal people. What studies really show is the body’s adaptive response to exercise. You can have too much of a good thing, however, and that includes exercise. But can extreme exercise actually cause sepsis?
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