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Exercise vs. drugs: Which does better against high blood pressure? Against fat?

FILE — Runners at East River Park in New York, Sept. 22, 2018. Exercise can lower blood pressure and reduce visceral body fat at least as effectively as many common prescription drugs, two new reviews report. (Jeenah Moon/The New York Times) XNYT34 XNYT34

Taken together, the two reviews indicate that exercise can equal or exceed the effects of drugs on high blood pressure and on visceral body fat. But they also underscore that exercise science could stand to raise its game and develop greater rigor in testing exercise as medicine.

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