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Why do some athletes die young when they should live long?

There is a growing number of athletes that worked hard and ate right and healthy to be at the top of their games. Yet they suddenly collapsed and die. Why is that? If they had done right to look good on the outside and perform exceptionally well to be the best in their sports, what is it on the inside that went wrong? What gives?

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4 years ago

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There's no one answer for this question as each person is different. What I would like to point out is that extreme exercise can put a lot of stress on the body. Soreness and micro tears on muscles increase inflammation and cortisol, so intense exercise can leave the body in a state of stress...more stress ignites if you don't refuel and repair it properly.
In addition to diet and exercise, there may be other things that contribute to an early death. Genetics, environmental factors, poor digestion, poor sleep, etc. are just a few. It's the same with cancer. I've known people who eat right, exercise and lead a healthy life, but unfortunately are diagnosed with cancer.
It is up to us to do everything in our power to reduce the chances of getting ill, but some things are out of our control.
Here's a recent study about running:

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