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Doctor's book explains exercise as alternative to pills

Ask anyone in the fitness industry and they will tell you that exercise is the best medicine. It helps with diabetes, lowering blood pressure, forms of cancer, memory, stress, and much, much more.

Now, a doctor has written a book, The Exercise Cure, which will give the argument a little more cache with a physician "speaking our language," as a colleague said this week.

"We spend more than $350 billion in the United States on prescription medicine. We can reduce our costs ... and make people healthier," said author Dr. Jordan Metzl, in an interview on the Today show.

One of the doctor's patients was interviewed. He was diagnosed with diabetes and explained that exercise has helped him.

"David is using exercise as medicine to reduce the amount of insulin he is using," Metzl said.

For more on the book, check out the Today interview.

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