Exercise 'as good as medicines' in treating heart disease
LONDON (REUTERS) - Exercise may be just as good as medication to treat heart disease and should be included as a comparison when new drugs are being developed and tested, scientists said on Wednesday.
In a large review published in the British Medical Journal, researchers from Britain's London School of Economics and Harvard and Stanford universities in the United States found no statistically detectable differences between exercise and drugs for patients with coronary heart disease or prediabetes, when a person shows symptoms that may develop into full-blown diabetes.
For patients recovering from stroke, the review - which analysed the results of 305 studies covering almost 340,000 participants - found that exercise was more effective than drug treatment.
Cardiovascular disease is the world's number one killer, leading to at least 17 million deaths a year.