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Being Allergic To Exercise Is A Real Thing That Can Happen

By Nadine / mardi 17 avril 2018 05:30
Working out is an FML every time. Do you have a legit excuse to stop?

According to Popular Science the joke that people are allergic to exercise may have more truth to it than you'd expect. 

The condition is called exercise-induced anaphylaxis, but before you throw away your sports bra and your running shoes, keep in mind that getting out of breath while running or feeling tired does not an exercise allergy make. There are actual real symptoms involved, and they can be pretty serious.

 

The symptoms, which include flushing, wheezing, hives, swelling, and nausea, and diharrea, only occur when you eat a "Trigger food" before exercising. Doctors still know very little about the allergy.

 

Maria Castells, an allergist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, told Popular Science that the lack of knowledge is due to a difficulty in re-creating the scenario for testing.

"There's no mouse model and no human model of the ideas," she said.

The amount of people who are legit allergic is far less than you'd assume, so you can continue making fun of your lazy friends who will to take any excuse not to hit the gym. The allergy only affects around 50 in every 100,000 people in the world, and only 2% of the western population. 

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By  Slim87R  |  4

Something seems odd with those statistics. 50 out of 100k people in the world versus 2% (2k out of 100k) in the western population suggests that either the western population holds the vast majority of these people skewing the data or those numbers are off.

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By  Slim87R  |  4

Something seems odd with those statistics. 50 out of 100k people in the world versus 2% (2k out of 100k) in the western population suggests that either the western population holds the vast majority of these people skewing the data or those numbers are off.

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  pygmyfrog  |  23

It's poorly worded, but I think what they meant to say was that of the 0.05% of the global population with the condition, 2% are Westerners, so Westerners with the condition make up 0.001% of the world population.

Or something like that...

By  pheonixfire13  |  17

HahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHA*laughing devolves into a fit of hysterical madness*
I wasn’t able to run more than a few feet until last year because of this and several other medical problems, and no, you don’t need to eat a trigger food before hand, unless you’re counting how my sensitivity to gluten exacerbates everything else. My immune system just hates me. I started taking a wonderful new medicine last year, and before that trying to run had very unpleasant consequences. First went my knees and ankles, I could take off in a sprint or even a nice jog and within a few seconds would experience a sickening crack as my ankle or knee popped out of place. (Nobody would play tag with me because they thought I was faking so I wouldn’t get caught). If I continued running (the joint immediately popped back so I could keep going it just frickin hurt) then
I would start having trouble breathing from my asthma, my face would swell up and turn red for the rest of the day, and if I kept going or a gym teacher made me keep going I would be sick with flu-like symptoms for the next few days.

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