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Physiology (Bethesda). 2013 Sep;28(5):330-58. doi: 10.1152/physiol.00019.2013.

Exercise is the real polypill.

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Universidad Europea Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

The concept of a "polypill" is receiving growing attention to prevent cardiovascular disease. Yet similar if not overall higher benefits are achievable with regular exercise, a drug-free intervention for which our genome has been haped over evolution. Compared with drugs, exercise is available at low cost and relatively free of adverse effects. We summarize epidemiological evidence on the preventive/therapeutic benefits of exercise and on the main biological mediators involved.

PMID:
23997192
DOI:
10.1152/physiol.00019.2013
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