Exercise makes you healthy - oftentimes even when you are sick. That’s why doctors hardly ever recommend taking a break from it. Even patients who are about to receive a heart transplant can benefit from sports. As is so often the case, the dose makes the poison. We asked sports medicine physician Prof. Martin Halle, what people need to consider.
Professor Halle, a few short years ago, physicians still cautioned their patients to take a break when they were sick. Today, exercise is expressly recommended. For which types of diseases can exercise be helpful?
Martin Halle: Sports therapy is important for a number of different diseases. Many studies have been conducted over the past ten years that are now also being put into practice. Several health insurance companies, among them the German Technician Health Insurance (German: Techniker Krankenkasse), already firmly established exercise as therapy. They try to communicate to patients that there are other options – aside from medication – to fight their illness. This first and foremost includes cardiovascular diseases but also various types of cancer, osteoporosis or dementia. For the most part, these are chronic inflammatory diseases and physical training is very helpful and important in this context.
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