Exercise vs. Drugs to Treat High Blood Pressure and Reduce Fat
Written by: Gretchen Reynolds (Gretchen Reynolds writes the popular ‘Phys Ed’ column for the New York Times.)
Exercise can lower blood pressure and reduce visceral body fat at least as effectively as many common prescription drugs, two new reviews report.
The possibility of formally prescribing exercise as a treatment for various health conditions, including high blood pressure, insulin resistance, obesity, osteoarthritis and others, has been gaining traction among scientists and physicians. The American College of Sports Medicine already leads a global initiative called Exercise Is Medicine, which aims to encourage doctors to include exercise prescriptions as part of disease treatments.