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The Benefits of Exercise – Especially Weights

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    Kenan White

    I am sharing this only because it has made my life so much better – I vowed that I would figure out things I could do to improve my condition, even though my doc said ‘This is a production problem, not much you can do’. Yes, and no. This is not a cure-all and won’t work for everyone but I can tell you that since I’ve been lifting weights (nothing larger than a 12 lb and no more than 30 minutes), my RBC has improved a lot. Still on Procrit and Zarzio weekly, but I was at 6.9 in June and today, 8.4 with the only difference in lifestyle being the weights. My doc said that lifting increases the testosterone in your body, which then increases RBC.
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    Testosterone has a well-documented erythrogenic effect that increases red blood cell production.

    It was hard at first, considering my fatigue but honestly don’t miss a day because I feel so much better. I know that this isn’t going to work for everyone, but I want to share because with this disease, EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!

    Marie Miguel

    Exercising makes you feel lighter and also makes you feel at peace.


    exercising helps with weight management and bone and muscle health. It also helps reduce your risk of heart diseases

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