Dietary salt is a public health hazard that requires vigorous attack

Bruce Neal

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    High blood pressure is the leading cause of premature mortality worldwide. Reducing salt intake lowers blood pressure and blood pressure-lowering reduces vascular disease. There is a very high likelihood that reducing dietary salt intake will prevent vascular disease and no evidence to suggest it will cause harm. With average population salt consumption levels typically 5-10 times greater than physiological requirements, even moderately effective community-wide salt reduction programs offer the potential for very large health gains. This opportunity has been recognized and adopted by the World Health Organization as a priority action to combat chronic diseases.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)502-506
    Number of pages5
    JournalCanadian Journal of Cardiology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2014


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