Originally Posted by fbgator27
Yes, rates for many diseases are down and we live longer because medicine, living conditions, and better knowledge have solved a lot of the problems that kill us. Now, like you say we are dealing with new diseases. Many of these chronic diseases can be reduced by exercise/life style changes. In some cases better than medicine can. For instance in the US we perform more back surgeries than any industrialized nation by a huge amount. Do we have better outcomes? Not at all. We also love to prescribe blood thinners. What works better. Walking 15-30 minutes/day.
I'm certainly with you on the activity side of the ledger. And I can tell you that I do barbell deadlifts for my herniated discs.