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    Marines Suffer Most Cases of 2 Life-Threatening Conditions Related to Exercise and Heat, Report Finds

    Marines Suffer Most Cases of 2 Life-Threatening Conditions Related to Exercise and Heat, Report Finds

    Cases of two dangerous exercise-related medical conditions — breakdown of muscles and sodium imbalances — have risen in the past four years among U.S. service members, with the Marine Corps experiencing the highest rates.

    Instances of those largely preventable illnesses, called rhabdomyolysis and hyponatremia, respectively, rose from 2020 to 2023, with the former reaching a high for the period and the latter having the second-highest rate since 2008, according to Defense Health Agency reports published May 8.

    The study said 529 active-duty service members experienced exertional rhabdomyolysis, commonly shortened to “rhabdo,” while 153 troops developed hyponatremia last year.

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    Rhabdo is a breakdown of muscle cells that can occur as a result of heat, trauma or intense workouts. The degeneration releases protein and other cell components into the bloodstream, where they can cause organ damage, including electrolyte imbalances, kidney failure and heart arrhythmia.

    Hyponatremia is a sodium imbalance often caused by overconsumption of fluids such as water or sports drinks before or during vigorous exercise.

    Both conditions can be life-threatening.

    According to the reports, rates of rhabdo in the Marine Corps in 2023 were roughly five times the rate of the , Navy and Coast Guard. The Army had the second-highest rate, nearly…

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