Don Philpott on October 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM
“Exercise may be just as effective as drugs at treating common diseases”
“The results showed that exercise was just as effective as drugs in treating people with heart disease and whose blood sugar control suggested they were at high risk of diabetes.
The results on heart failure were more unclear, with diuretic drugs being found to be more effective than exercise and all other types of drug treatment.
The findings were most impressive for stroke, with exercise found to be more beneficial than drug treatment.
Writing online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the team concluded: “Our analysis suggests that exercise potentially had similar effectiveness to drug interventions with two exceptions.
“In the case of stroke rehabilitation, exercise seemed to be more effective than drug interventions. In heart failure, diuretics outperformed all comparators, including exercise.”
The experts said their findings suggest “exercise interventions should therefore be considered as a viable alternativeto, or alongside, drug therapy.”
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