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Salt Reduction Makes an Impact in the U.K.

While still too high, the English are benefitting from lower salt consumption.

Between 2003 and 2011 stroke deaths in the U.K. decreased 42% (P<0.001) and ischemic heart disease fell by 40% (P<0.001). During the same time salt intake decreased by 1.4 g/day (P<0.01) measured by 24-hour urinary sodium. The findings of this 8-year study appear to support a key role for lower salt intake. Despite this progress, the 2011 average salt intake in England (8.1 g/day) is still 35% higher than the recommended 6 g/day.

PositiveTip: Make intentional efforts to eat less salty foods!

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Attitude Helps Heart

Good attitude and exercise go hand-in-hand to heal heart.

Patients with ischemic heart disease who had positive attitudes were more likely to exercise and less likely to die over the next 5 years from any cause. Both attitude and physical activity were found to prolong life. A positive outlook reduced the all-cause mortality by just over 40% and almost doubled the likelihood of exercising, although type of exercise and intensity was not known.

PositiveTip: "A cheerful heart is good medicine." (Proverbs 17:22) and encourages physical activity, both very positive habits for health.

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Physical Inactivity and Risk of Serious Disease

Physical inactivity is high stakes game.

After analysing the lifestyle habit data in several large studies, researchers have found that those who were physically inactive doubled their risk of ischemic heart disease, experienced 72% increased risk of ischemic stroke, a 52% higher risk of breast cancer, and an 80% increase in colon cancer risk.

PositiveTip: Exercise is a great way to reduce your risk of illness and disease. Start a physical activity program today! It will reduce your risks and give you a brighter outlook.