Fitness Exercises Reduce Risk of Heart Attacks

Zheng Yuan

PureInsight | January 6, 2003

[] According to a research article that appeared in a recent issue of the "New England Journal of Medicine," regular weekly fitness exercises reduce the content of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, at the same time increasing the content of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease [1]. More surprisingly, the effective rate of fitness exercises in reducing the rate of heart diseases is 58%, far better than the effective rate of 31% achieved through the use of the drug Metformin [2]. This demonstrates that fitness exercises can be much more effective than a drug in reducing the risk of this common disease.

Then, are fitness exercises "medicine" like drugs? Obviously the two are distinctly different. Fitness exercises are physical movements, while drugs are chemical substances. Actually, the "medicine" we typically refer to is more aptly termed "therapy." According to contemporary Western biology and medical studies, drugs would belong to the category of chemical therapy. Besides chemical therapy, there are also physical therapy, food therapy, psychological therapy, exercise therapy, and so on. One of the most popular research subjects in the Western medical world today is alternative medicine. It contains many traditional Chinese methods of treatment, including acupuncture, message, herbal medicine, and Qi Gong. As people gradually come to understand the importance of preventative medicine, these treatment methods that have long been used to improve people's way of living in order to reduce the incidence of diseases have also become popular. It is no longer inconceivable that a disease could be cured without the intake of Western medicinal drugs.

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