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Increasing exercise and losing weight by eating differently alters the impact of medicines, whether prescription or over-the-counter. Certain conditions (high-blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes) are particularly susceptible to the impact of weight loss and intense exercise.

Research is increasingly suggesting that exercise is THE cure for many diseases and dramatically improves even ongoing medical conditions. Through fitness, the body can reduce or eliminate its need for medicine. Once fitness is achieved, continuing the use of medicines at former levels can be dangerous.

For example, the appropriate dosage of blood pressure-lowering medicine for an overweight and sedentary person may be too high once blood pressure is lowered through weight loss and exercise.

How to be safe? If a serious condition or injury is present, get medical advice and arrange for monthly monitoring when undertaking a strenuous exercise regimen.

– Roger Hicks, M. D.,

Yuba Docs Medical Group

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