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Proper exercise is just as good as drugs for treating several problems, like heart failure and strokes

Newest medical studies show that proper exercise might be just as effective as medical drugs for some common conditions, or even for more serious illnesses. The latest British study suggests that doctors should consider prescribing exercise as well as medication, mostly for conditions like coronary heart disease, diabetes or stroke.

This comprehensive research stated that doctors had better chances of preventing death in patients recovering from a heart failure or stroke by prescribing light fitness, instead of traditional medical drugs. Physical activity has always had well-documented health benefits, and now the British research has also confirmed the benefits of exercise for people who have diabetes or some kind of heart disease.

It is strongly advised for those seeking to treat long-term problems without months and months of expensive and drug-based treatments to explore the possibilities of exercise. Just like physiotherapy or osteopathy, moderate and proper exercise can be natural help for a wide range of conditions. Even with just 4-6 hours of exercise per week, the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure or stroke lowers significantly. While light fitness is also said to slow the aging of blood vessels, thus improving the blood flow all through the body.

One of the most important points of the study was to prove that exercise should be considered a viable alternative to, or alongside, drug therapy. The study suggests that in case of certain conditions or during rehabilitation, after stroke for example, exercise was proven to be just as effective as drugs, in terms on reducing mortality. For stroke victims, the research swung tremendously in favour of exercise. Furthermore, while certain drugs have serious side effects, muscle soreness might be the worst side effect of moderate exercise.

The researchers of the study have also suggested that clinical trials aimed at studying medical drugs' effectiveness should from now on include exercise, to show whether a new drug offers more benefit than light fitness.

Although the study has not specified the kind of exercise that might be the best in case of heart failure, diabetes or stroke, it highly encourages patients to consult their doctors about the possibilities. It also states that no patient on drug-based treatment should ever give up on their medication for the sake of exercise, without consulting their doctors first.