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B the Cause: Kaiser doc walks with patients

By Julia Bae, M.D.
Friday, Nov 07 2014 12:59 AM

Exercise is the best medicine; this has been shown time and again. However, many of us do not exercise on a regular basis. The daily schedules of work and life just may get in the way of exercising. "A sedentary lifestyle is one of the major risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)," said Dr. Sonia Kamath, a board-certified nephrologist at Kaiser Permanente.

Other risk factors include smoking, high lipids, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. CVD, in turn, is the leading cause of death in adults aged 65 and older. Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of developing CVD.

"It has been shown to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol, help lose weight and improve blood sugar controls, as well as control blood...

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