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December 02, 2011

Best medicine for chronic disease is Exercise!

Fitness is the medicine to prevent & manage chronic disease, a leading cause of deaths worldwide. Robert Newton, professor at the Edith Cowan University School of Exercise, Biomedical & Health Sciences said that "Obesity is just a symptom of an underlying disease-sedentary lifestyle. It is low fitness which is killing us, not being overweight."

Newton cited the current battle against obesity as ineffective in curbing rising rates of chronic disease as well as the associated costs while addressing a conference of Sports Medicine Australia. According to an Edith Cowan statement, Newton says, "Exercise is the most effective medicine for the prevention & management of chronic disease, a problem that's responsible for around 80% of our healthcare expenditure. The risk of ortality of someone who is normal weight but unfit is about three times higher than the mortality risk of someone who is obese but fit." 

Newton says, "A prescribed exercise campaign produces the same increase in breast cancer survival rates as the leading chemotherapy agent, without the nasty side effects." The large-scale studies show prescribed exercise can produce the same medical outcomes as leading pharmaceutical agents in the treatment of diseases, including Type 2 diabetes & breast cancer.  

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