Odd post I know, but this research goes to the heart of our belief in personal responsibility and prevention. An apple a day and moderate exercise are as good or better than prescription drugs in warding off our modern chronic diseases.
A recent British study found that simply eating an apple a day might help prevent heart-related disease in people over 50 to a similar degree that is attributed to daily statin use. Of course, apples have not been shown to have the same serious side effects as statins such as myopathy (a muscle disease) and diabetes (yes, statins have been shown to promote diabetes).
Another meta-study found what we probably all know to be common sense that exercise is one of the safest and most effective ways to prevent and treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, heat failure, and stroke. In addition, exercise was found to be more effective than statins and beta-blockers, diuretics, and anticoagulants and antiplatelets. The researchers went on to say that exercise is so potent in promoting good health that it should be included in drug clinical trials to ensure that the drugs do in fact produce a substantial enough benefit over lifestyle changes to overcome the potential side effects.