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Exercise May Be Better Than Meds in Treating Common Disease

Update Date: Oct 02, 2013 01:42 PM EDT

Exercise may be the best medicine to beat disease, according to a new study.

Researchers found that getting physical may be more effective than prescription drugs at preventing death in heart and stroke patients.

The latest research is the first to compare the effects of exercise with taking drugs like statins and beta-blockers. These drugs are prescribed to reduce the risk of early death in people who have suffered heart attacks and strokes.

In light of the latest findings, researchers said that exercise "should be considered as a viable alternative to, or alongside, drug therapy."

Researchers analyzed previous studies and found no significant difference between the benefits of exercise and drugs for people with heart disease or diabetes.

Researchers found that exercise was more effective for stroke patients. They found that stroke patients who exercised were less likely to die an early death than those who took medication.

The latest study involved data form 305 randomized controlled trials and 339,274 patients. The findings revealed no significant differences between exercise and drug interventions for secondary prevention of heart disease and prevention of diabetes.

The findings are published in the British Medical Journal

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