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Similar mortality rates with exercise or prescribed drugs

Here is a statement that will make proponents of exercise and detractors of prescription drugs extremely happy: a regular exercise regimen may be as good as regularly prescribed drugs for certain cardiovascular ailments.

And the good thing is that according to researchers evaluating 57 different trials, the mortality rate was no different.

“These findings do not imply that patients should go off their medications and start exercising instead,” Huseyin Naci, a fellow at Harvard Medical School, said. “We weren’t able to find many exercise trials, which adds to the limitations of the findings. But what we don’t know about exercise may be harming us.”

For more, read the New York Times blog or Clinical Endocrinology News.

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