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Physician Says Physical Inactivity Should Be “Medicalized” So Treatments Can Be Prescribed

August 15, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A Mayo Clinic physician argues that the root cause of many common health problems is physical inactivity, a condition that should be “medicalized” so that treatments can be developed. According to Muchael Joyner, M.D., prolonged lack of physical activity causes the body to become deconditioned – almost unable to exercise – leading to a wide range of adverse structural and metabolic changes. Joyner says if physical inactivity were treated as a medical condition physicians could become more aware of the value of prescribing supported exercise. More formal rehabilitation programs that include cognitive and behavioral therapy would then develop.
M. J. Joyner, "Standing up for exercise: should deconditioning be medicalized?", The Journal of Physiology, August 15, 2012, © The Physiological Society
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