High cholesterol? Rising blood sugar? Now, when your doctor diagnoses you with heart disease-related illnesses or diabetes, you have more options at your disposal. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) released the results of a study on October 1, 2013 that revealed a regular exercise regimen was “similar” to the results that medication procured.
Is exercise best?
For Americans who don’t want to use medication to deal with heart disease, heart failure or diabetes, prevention of all three can be secured with exercise instead.
People who have suffered a stroke, however, can use exercise as a more effective treatment than medications, according to the trial’s results.
Patients who forego medication in lieu of exercise also secure additional benefits. With exercise, you’re not exchanging one problem for another. Namely, opting for treating illness through regular exercise means patients don’t have to endure side effects.
When exercise treatments go even further
In fact, if you’re on the fence about using exercise over medication, the study encourages doctors to consider, and for patients to choose, exercise when “drugs might provide only modest improvement” because “exercise could yield more profound or sustainable gains.”
If you’re diagnoses with an illness that falls into the breadth of the BMJ study, talk to your doctor about using exercise as a valid form of treatment for heart disease prevention, diabetes prevention and heart failure treatments, as well as treating stroke patients.
The simple way to better health
In a world where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that less than half of Americans get enough exercise to benefit from health improvements, could we be over-medicating patients, when preventing some disease may be as easy as walking for 30 minutes a day?