Although previous conditions from 305 past experiments had only included exercise as a treatment in a mere 57 experiments, the numbers were indicative of a large enough correlation to begin an additional study. The results of the new experiment showed that drugs and exercise produced nearly identical results. Heart Disease patients had the same risk of surviving when they exercised and forewent their drugs, as the patients who took advantage of pills and the medicinal route.
The same results were found in stroke patients, although the study stated the effects may have been confounded with their initial unusually strong exercise habits.
The only condition where diuretics had a stronger impact was in chronic heart failure patients, where it was found drugs had a noticeable effect on life elongation.
Dr. Ionnindis was quoted to say, “our results suggest that exercise can be quite potent” in the treatment of heart disease and other conditions, but “only 5 percent” of new experiments feature exercise as a treatment. The Stanford doctor proclaimed that further work should be materialized in looking into the research field.
“We are not suggesting that anyone stop taking their medications,” said Mr. Naci. “But maybe people could think long and hard about their lifestyles and talk to their doctors.”
Original Source: Exercise as Potent Medicine