A new study suggests that exercise may be as effective as medication in preventing early death in people who have had attacks or strokes.
The study’s lead author says, “Doctors should give their patients advice about the lifesaving benefits of exercise, and when possible they should refer patients to rehabilitation programs with exercise programs”.
The above adds to a large volume of research on the benefits of doing regular physical activity. Exercise has been shown to lower the risk of early death, help control weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, some types of cancer and a host of other conditions. It lowers the risk of cognitive decline and hip fractures.
Other key findings taken as benefits of exercise based on published reports are as follows:
Among patients who have had strokes, exercise has proved more effective than drugs. However, stroke patients who are capable of exercising may have been healthier to begin with than those who could not exercise.
Exercise as treatment is something that has been under researched.
It is pointed out that more trials comparing the effectiveness of exercise and drugs are needed to help doctors and patients make the best treatment decisions. Exercise should be considered as a viable alternative to, or in combination with medications. A spokesperson for the American Heart Association says, “We are left with the same message we had before: Exercise therapy works; Drug therapy works. The combination of the two is the most reasonable approach”.
In the words of Timothy Church, a physician and director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, “the latest findings make sense to me when you consider that exercise strengthens all parts of the human machine – the heart, the liver, the brain, the blood vessels, the muscles”. "The most powerful thing you can do for your health is become active," he says.
Based on the the above, it can safely recommended that more and more physiotherapy centers are opened in many places including those hospitals wherever they are found to be missing because immense benefits are derived by doing regular exercise for the human body.