Exercise as medicine
by on Wednesday, December 11, 2013  (1 comment)

I think most people accept that exercise is good for your health. Now, we have some evidence that it might also be a good medical intervention. Even as effective as commonly used medications, especially statin drugs which are very commonly used in lowering cholesterol of heart patients.

This is good news on a couple of fronts. First, on a personal front for those of us here, we're doing good for our health. Just more proof of how good running or any activity is for us. Second, from a medical and public health perspective, this is an inexpensive treatment with fewer negative (and I'd argue more positive) side effects than the commonly prescribed alternatives.

More research on where exercise might be as beneficial as, if not more than, traditionally prescribed medical interventions should be explored. Maybe the results of this study will spur further interest in this idea.

On another note, I'm sorry I didn't get anything posted last week. I do have a fairly short original post that should be ready to go tomorrow or Friday.

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Exercise Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk in Black Women

I was sent this link this morning. More good news on the same kind of front. A lifetime of vigorous exercise averaging 3 hours a week reduces risk of a particularly bad form of breast cancer in black women by 47%.

We need more discussion on the topic of exercise as medical intervention. Both in terms of preventative medicine and treatment, I have no doubt its benefits are significant. It appears that, at least in some cases, as significant as or more significant than the more expensive, invasive and risky treatments that are commonly used.

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