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Exercise Proves To Be The Best Preventive Drug

Update Date: Dec 30, 2013 10:04 AM EST

According to researchers, “the best preventive drug we have” is exercise. If done regularly, exercises can free from many disease that could affect us in later life.

The study found that exercise also carries the ability to reduce the chances of an early death caused due to heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, depression and even some forms of cancer. It can also help in coping up with problems related to sleep, memory, concentration and mood.

The advantages of exercise extends further more and is also helpful in preventing some pain that some breast cancer patients suffer from.

"Exercise works from tip to toe, and it prevents and in some cases treats the most common diseases we see. Exercise is the best preventive drug we have,” said Jordan Metzl, a physician in sports medicine at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery and author of the The Exercise Cure, according to All Voices. 

Physical activity is not something that just improves our physical condition but also strengthens the human body.

“Exercise strengthens the entire human machine — the heart, the brain, the blood vessels, the bones, the muscles. The most important thing you can do for your long-term health is lead an active life," said Timothy Church, who is a physician and director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, according to All Voices. 

Exercises also help in maintaining the balance of overall mental state of a human being. However, the study concluded that only 21 percent of adults in US performed the recommended amount of exercise but other studies suggest that percentage is far less than the reported.

The scientists from National Cancer Institute reported that there were less than five percent of people who did the required amount of exercise in the US which is minimum 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity physical activity with bits of high-intensity workouts in between.

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