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Physical activity and muscle strengthening relieve symptoms of lupus

Survey confirms need for this type of practice as an important therapeutic procedure in treating the disease

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Results of a study conducted at the University of Brasilia (UNB) shows that physical activity and strengthening exercises are effective in relieving fatigue, a symptom generated by lupus. After tests with 10% of those who treat the disease at the University Hospital of Brasília, the researcher and professor of Physical Education, Sandor Balsamo, proved the need for this type of practice as an important therapeutic procedure in the traditional treatment of patients suffering from evil.

The researcher investigated the women because they are the most common victims of the disease. Characterized by symptoms such as muscle weakness, motor impairment and fatigue, autoimmune disease known as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) affects mainly women of childbearing age. The traditional focus is the pharmaceutical, drug, usually the base corticorteróides, drugs have major side effects, as the reduction of physical skills, he warns.

The evil committed in the functioning of various organs and brings undeniable losses to quality of life of about two million people in Brazil.

For two consecutive years, Sandor systematically attended the outpatient clinic of Rheumatology, University Hospital of Brasilia to perform a triage of patients who fit the ideal criteria for your query: women were clinically stable, ie pharmacologically controlled with the disease, aged between 18 and 45. The observed and interviewed 240 people, arrived in 25 patients, which were submitted to specific exercises of strength training on leg extension / curl. An equal number of females in similar age groups, was also evaluated in the same period, although with 25% heavier load. The sessions took place in the center of the Faculty UNIEURO bodybuilding, where Sandor is a teacher for seven years.

His goal was to demonstrate how fatigue persists as a symptom that affect the daily lives of these patients, necessitating a conditioning continued for around an evil that undermines the morale and quality of life.

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Sandor estimates that although it is necessary to use corticosteroids to control the disease, which are responsible, including the increased survival of patients with lupus, that drug use has serious adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, such as atherosclerosis and increased risk of acute myocardial infarction in up to seven times compared to the healthy population. According to notes, the symptom of fatigue is associated with reduced physical fitness (muscular strength and cardiovascular capacity), which consequently affects the performance of activities of daily living, causing chronic fatigue and discouragement.

According to the research advisor, Professor Leopoldo Luiz dos Santos Neto, and adds the factor of the treatment quality of life, linking physical activity to health, the work of Sandor has the great merit of having been conducted in a university hospital , an instance of the Unified Health System in its structure that has a reference center for the care of patients with lupus.

For Sandor, in a situation of regular treatment, these people may have the prerogative to dream, to have projects, produce, live with more quality, since minimizing the adverse effects of medication, which is possible from a physical activity monitor. The physical education teacher evaluates the importance that the public health system to incorporate this practice as standard procedure.

With information from UNB <i> </ b>

   Palavras-chave:   Lupus    Physical activity    Muscle strengthening    UNB    University of Brasilia   
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