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October 2, 2013

Study: Exercise 'as effective as drugs' for common diseases

Topics: Health Issues

According to a study conducted by researchers at the London School of Economics, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute at Harvard Medical School and Stanford University School of Medicine, exercise is "potentially as effective" as drug intervention for treating common conditions, such as coronary heart disease and stroke, and they suggest it "should be considered as a viable alternative to, or alongside, drug therapy."

[...] The new research analysed previous studies and found no significant difference between the benefits of exercise and drugs for those with diabetes or who have already experienced heart disease.

The results were better for stroke victims, who were more likely to avoid death by exercising than taking medication.

The study involving almost 340,000 patients was carried out by researcher Huseyin Naci of LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science and Harvard Medical School, with US colleagues at Stanford University School of Medicine.

[...] diuretic drugs were more effective than exercise and all other types of drug treatment for heart patients.

The findings were most impressive for stroke, with exercise found to be much more beneficial than drug treatment.

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Related: People who take just four hours a week of leisure time exercise have a dramatically reduced risk of developing high blood pressure.

Posted by Hyscience at October 2, 2013 3:59 PM

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