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For some problems, exercise is the best medicine

Article Date: Jun 24, 2013

The weight loss — which is approaching 100 pounds since last July — is great, Brenda Morsey says.

But to her, the benefits of exercising and becoming more active go beyond that.

Morsey, who is in her mid-40s, has discovered what health care experts have been confirming through studies and their patients’ experience: Exercise can be as beneficial as medicine.

Morsey now takes just one medication for her blood pressure, down from three, and the dose of the remaining medicine has been cut by half. By going through physical therapy and exercising, she was able to avoid surgery on her foot. She no longer takes medicine for high cholesterol. She uses the stairs at work about half the time now, something she never would do before she started exercising.

Dr. Susan Keasling explains that physical activity plays a large role in the treatment and prevention of chronic health conditions.

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