Victor Matsudo (BRA)
Medical Doctor, Especialized in Orthopedics and Traumathology; and in Sports Medicine. Full Professor in Medicine (Gama Filho Universtiy). Scientific Coordinator of the Center of Studies of the Physical Fitness Research Laboratory from São Caetano do Sul – CELAFISCS. General Chair of the Agita São Paulo Program, of São Paulo State Secretariat of Health. Past-Vice-President of the International Council of Sports Sciences and Physical Education - ICSSPE/CIEPSS, Status A- UNESCO. Chairman of the Physical Activity of Network from the Americas – RAFA/PANA. Past Chairman and Member of the Executive Board of the Agita Mundo Network . Received the International Grand Prix in Sports Medicine at Barcelona Olympic Games, 1992. Received the “ Philip Noël Baker” Award, in Sports Medicine Area, by the International the International de Council of Sports Sciences and Physical Education, 1995. Received the Prince Faisal Award, by the International Federation of Physical Education (FIEP), 1996. Received the Carso Foundation Award, 2011. Received the Citation Award do American College of Sports Medicine, 2014. Received the Odyssey Award, do American College of Sports Medicine, 2015. Member of the Sports Nutrition Commission from the International Olympic Committee. Member of Scientific Board of Actigraph Company. Member of the Preventive Medicine Committee of Stanford Universit Former Scientific Editor of Brazilian Journal of Science and Movement. Member of the "American College of Sports Medicine" . Fellow do "American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education". Founder of the "International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry".
Physical Activity or Drugs? The Option is Yours! The Option is Ours!
Abstract: Probably because the fact that public health policies used to be strong influenced by medical doctors, drugs and surgeries are the usual prescription for mostly of the patients worldwide. Considering the amazing cost increase of exams, drugs, surgeries and hospitalization, this approach cannot be sustained, even in well-developed countries. Degenerative diseases are killing mostly of the people, and strong evidences have shown that physical activity (PA) and good diet presented better results in controling the incidence of diabetes type 2 than the group that received metformin Similar results have been observed with patients submitted to physical activity when compared to the ones who have been taken drugs in controling hypertension, hipercholesterolemia, stroke, miocardial infarction, osteoporosis, renal failure, cancer, and more recently with Alzheimer patients and other cognitive impairments. More remarkable was the results of patients who taked PA protocols that got a higher survival indices than patients submitted to cardiac surgery (stent). It is also important to emphasize that the cost-effectiveness of PA interventions used to be higher than drug or surgery approaches. It is almost incredible to realize that mostly of these benefits are reachable just taking at least 30 minutes of moderate PA per day for five days (or 150 minutes per week), in one session or two sessions of 15 minutes or even three sessions of 10 minutes. About 20 years ago we have launched the Agita São Paulo program, with the main purpose of increasing the PA level of a population of about 40 million inhabitants in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Among the outstanding program results it is highlighted the reduction around 55% in the hospitalization by diabetes and hipertension in the city of Sorocaba; and the World Bank conclusion that Agita São Paulo program represented a 310 million US dollar saving in the health sector, because the impact on medical dates, exams, drugs consumption, hospitalization and surgeries, as consequence of a proportionally 70% decline in sedentarism in that state.