Is Regular Exercise as Effective as Drugs?

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by Wendy Sutton

ExerciseDid you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more this year? Turns out, it’s the one resolution you definitely should keep! According to a new report, exercise can be as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs in reducing deaths among people who have been diagnosed with several common and serious conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Their results, comparing various drugs and exercise, consistently showed that drugs and exercise produced almost exactly the same results.

An example demonstrated in the study was that people with heart disease who exercised but did not use commonly prescribed medications for heart disease had the same risks of dying from heart disease and the same rate of surviving as patients taking those drugs.

Read more about this fascinating study here.

If you have an older loved one who would like to be more active, LightHouse Healthcare of Fairfax County, VA can help. Our caregivers can work with your loved one’s doctor to develop an exercise plan that is tailored to his or her abilities and needs. We can also help ensure that your loved one exercises in a safe, controlled, and monitored environment to prevent falls or injury. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your loved one get fit and stay healthy.

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