Exercise or Drugs

In my daily inter-webbing session this morning, I found this interesting article that compares the effects of exercise and prescription drugs on various health conditions.  Now, I’m not going to give away the results that were found.  But, I will tell you my thoughts.  They are simple: NO SHIT!!!  That ought to be enough to tell you the theme of the article, but in case you need a little more insight, here’s a direct quote:

“They analyzed the results of 305 randomized controlled trials involving 339,274 individuals and found no statistically detectable differences between exercise and drug interventions for secondary prevention of heart disease and prevention of diabetes.

Among stroke patients, exercise was more effective than drug treatment, while for heart failure, diuretic drugs were more effective than exercise and all other types of drug treatment.”

It continues to say that research dealing with exercise and disease prevention/treatment is much less abundant that that of drug treatments.  While I certainly understand this, findings such as these can be HUGE in not only helping people live healthier lives, but reducing health care costs, as well.

Also, another thought of mine while reading this article:  While there is not as much research as some people may want, there shouldn’t be a need for that much research.  The benefits of regular physical activity have been documented LONG AGO, and they’re no secret.  Exercise can do the same thing that those little pills do for you.  It may not be as convenient, but it’s just as effective and a lot cheaper.  So get off your ass and do something.


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