Which is more likely to delay death: Meds or Exercise?
This is one of the most comprehensive studies to date comparing the benefits of prescription medications for various health conditions to prescription exercise. This massive review study included over 300,000 participants. Here are the results.
1. Exercise and physical activity prescription were equally effective as drug interventions in the prevention of coronary heart disease and pre-diabetes.
2. Exercise/physical activity interventions were more effective than drug treatments among patients with stroke.
The Big Picture? Exercise interventions and many drug interventions are often potentially similar in terms of their mortality benefits and in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, rehabilitation after stroke, and prevention of diabetes.
We all lead busy lives, but we can all find time to exercise. Carve out “me” time and don’t let anything disrupt it, you will feel more energized and healthier. If you feel that you worry about getting injured or want guidance before joining a program, consult one of our therapists.
Reference: Naci, Huseyin, and John Ioannidis. “Comparative effectiveness of exercise and drug interventions on mortality outcomes: metaepidemiological study.” BMJ: British Medical Journal 347 (2013).