Perhaps this latest study, showing no real difference between exercise and medication, will be used to justify further drug taking along with exercise avoidance. After all, why not take the easy way out?
But prescription medications come with a variety of side effects. They also come at a financial cost and don’t necessarily provide the range of health benefits produced by regular exercise. A particular drug may be helping your high blood pressure, while it does nothing for the plaque growing in your coronary arteries.
The message here is that simple advocacy for a sound diet and prudent exercise isn’t enough. A wise society and its institutions will work to convey the message to individuals that it is in their long-term benefit to pursue proper fitness decisions as part of a healthy lifestyle choice.
Yes, the drugs will be there. But when feasible, the better option is to see that they aren’t needed.