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The "wonder" drug

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Inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop coronary heart disease as people who are physically active and 37% of all deaths related to coronary heart disease can be related to physical inactivity.

Keeping active helps to reduce the risk of range of diseases:

  • Cardiovascular disease, which is one of the main causes of death in the UK
  • Developing some cancers (colon and breast)
  • Stroke
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Developing high blood pressure
  • Lowers the risk of developing osteoporosis

The great news is...the more you do and the more vigorous to do it, the greater the benefit.

Find out more benefits and check your risk of diabetes.

Check out the British Heart Foundation for tips about keeping your heart healthy.

Please remember to consult your GP for advice before increasing your physical activity if you currently have any health concerns.