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Exercise is as effective as prescription drugs at lowering blood pressure, researchers have found.
Regularly walking or swimming and doing simple weight training treats high blood pressure as well as taking pills such as beta blockers or ACE inhibitors, according to data from 40,000 people.
Blood - Pressure - Name - 'hypertension - Adults
High blood pressure - known by the medical name of 'hypertension' - affects one in three adults, more than 17million of the British population and 75million Americans.
Of these seven million are eligible for medication, though less than one million people are thought to actually take the drugs.
People - Year - Stroke - Heart - Attacks
Some 62,000 people killed every year from stroke and heart attacks due to poor blood pressure control alone - so doctors are desperate to extent effective treatment to more people.
Simply persuading patient to undertake regular exercise could be an alternative for those who are reluctant to take drugs.
Challenge - UK - Countries - League - Table
That, however, may be a challenge in itself, with the UK currently placed 123rd out of 168 countries in a league table of physical activity levels and a 36 per cent of British adults failing to hit exercise targets.
The researchers, led by academics at the London School of Economics and Stanford University in the US, pooled the results of 391 trials, involving 39,700 people.
Combination - Endurance - Exercise - Walking - Jogging
They found a combination of endurance exercise, such as walking, jogging, cycling or swimming, and resistance training, such as...
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