The Hindu | Exercise can reduce need for disease-fighting drugs.

Millions of people suffer from what are called lifestyle diseases. Though many of them are treated with expensive drugs, experts are convinced that a different approach is possible.

“The major lifestyle diseases are very treatable with exercise,” according Winfried Banzer, a professor at the University of Frankfurt’s Sports Science Institute. Banzer said he would use exercise to treat cardiovascular complaints and metabolism disorders, noting that “they’re responsible for about 70 per cent of the premature deaths in Germany, and for a large proportion of healthcare costs.” It is astounding that exercise, an inexpensive alternative to drug treatment, still receives relatively little attention, Banzer said.