Exercise May be as Effective as Medication for Some Diseases

Published 10/02 2013 02:36PM

Updated 10/02 2013 02:37PM

New research suggests exercise may be as effective as medication in treating certain common diseases.

The health benefits of exercise are well known, but there's little data on how physical activity compares to drugs in reducing the risk of death from chronic illnesses.

Scientists found exercise and drugs were equally effective in preventing diabetes or advanced heart disease.

But, among stroke patients, physical activity worked better than drug treatment, while medication was best for those with heart failure.

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