A new US survey has revealed that if given the choice, most of us would choose popping a pill or drinking a daily cup of tea over exercise in order to lower high blood pressure.
The “treatments” proposed were drinking a daily cup of tea, doing exercise, taking pills, or having a monthly or semi-annual injection.
The responses showed that taking a pill would be the preferred choice for many, with 79% of respondents saying they would be willing to take a pill for an extra month of life, 90% would for an extra year of life and 96% would for an extra five years of life.
In comparison, 63% would be willing to exercise for an extra month of life, although this figure rose to 84% for an extra year and 93% for an additional five years.
The least popular choice was taking an injection, with only 51% saying they would take a monthly shot for an extra month of life. However, participants were more willing if the gains were greater, or if the shots were every six months.