When we go to the doctor if we're ill a lot of the time we get sent away with medication that is aimed at treating the illness of its symptoms. This medication is quite costly and sometimes not particularly effective, especially if you have allergies to certain drugs. A recent study has compare another form of relief to medication to see if there were any similarities and we will have a look at it today.
The study was published in the BMJ in October and compares the effectiveness of medication vs exercise in the treatment of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and hear failure. It was a meta analysis - they compared the results of lots of other studies that have been completed on either medication or exercise. This means they were able to use data on over 300,000 people for their analysis. The thing they were measuring was the rate of mortality when the patient was either prescribed medication or exercise to help treat their condition. The results were interesting to say the least.
They found that when compared to ken another exercise and medication were generally as effective as one another in the treatment of these diseases. Exercise came up slightly better on some, and medication was slightly better on others but overall you'd say it was a pretty even result.
Have a look for yourself:
All I can say to that is WOW! So in general terms the study showed that exercise is as good at treating heart disease as medication. That's a big claim and gives us another reason to get moving. What's more, the exercise completed was likely to be done in the conventional way, on the treadmill or other cardio equipment which you and I know to not be the most effective form of exercise. Imagine the results if the people lifted a few weights and moved around in 3 dimensions!
Moral of today's story? Get moving! It doesn't matter what you do but get moving. Not only will it help prevent disease but it'll also treat it should you develop one.
Note, I would advise you to visit you doctor if you have any concerns or want to discuss your treatment - don't rely on this post to ditch your medication!!!