Navigation Links
Cut Salt, Save 500,000 U.S. Lives Over a Decade, Study Finds

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing salt in Americans' diets would save hundreds of thousands of lives over 10 years, according to a new study.

Excess salt, the primary source of sodium, contributes to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, the leading killer in the United States.

Immediately reducing people's salt consumption from current levels to the upper limit of the U.S. government guideline -- 2,300 milligrams a day -- would save 500,000 to 850,000 lives over the next decade, largely by reducing heart attacks and strokes, the study found.

Gradually reducing sodium levels in processed or restaurant foods by 4 percent a year for 10 years would still save 280,000 to 500,000 lives over a decade, the researchers concluded.

The average American consumes about 3,500 mg per day, and men tend to ingest much more than that, according to the study, which was published Feb. 11 in the journal Hypertension.

"No matter how we look at it, the story is the same -- there will be huge benefits in reducing sodium," study lead author Pam Coxson, a mathematician at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release.

For the study, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought together three groups of scientists who used different computer models to estimate how lowering salt intake would save lives.

All the models showed consistent, substantial benefits if current sodium intake were reduced to a level close to the upper limit of the federal guidelines.

Many people believe that taking the salt shaker off the dinner table will reduce their sodium consumption to a healthy level, but 80 percent of the sodium consumed by Americans comes from processed foods, Coxson noted.

Bread and other cereals account for about one-third of daily sodium intake. Other types of processed foods that have high sodium levels include canned soup and processed meats. Even fresh chicken is sometimes injected with salt solutions before packaging. Restaurant meals are also high in sodium.

In commercial settings, salt is primarily added for flavor and sometimes to preserve foods.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute outlines how you can reduce salt in your diet.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of California, San Francisco, news release, Feb. 11, 2013

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. A Revolutionary Dietary Paradigm: New Cookbook Features A SOS-free (Salt, Oil, Sugar ) Diet That Delivers the Optimal Food Plan for Renewing Health
2. US Drug Watchdog Now Urges All 500,000 US Recipients Of A Metal on Metal Hip Implant To Get A Blood Test for Elevated Levels Of Cobalt and Chromium
3. US Drug Watchdog Now Offers Victims of All Metal Hip Implant Failure the Names of the Best Attorneys & Calls Metal Hip Implants a Train Wreck with Up to 500,000 Victims
4. Chinas Overuse of Antibiotics in Livestock May Threaten Human Health
5. Program to Spot Painkiller ODs Saves Lives: Study
6. Dr. Kent Stobaugh Retiring from Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons to Pursue Different Opportunities: SA4i Emphasizes Significant Contributions to People’s Lives
7. Impending Mandate on Event Data Recorders Raises Concern amongst Auto Manufactures - Kiley Law Group Weighs in on Potential to Save Lives
8. Helmets save lives of skiers and snowboarders
9. Strong tobacco control policies in Brazil credited for more than 400,000 lives saved
10. New research suggests standardized booster seat laws could save lives of children
11. Complementary and alternative therapy improved lives of arthritis patients
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Cut Salt, Save 500,000 U.S. Lives Over a Decade, Study Finds
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Dr. Thomas Dunlap and Dr. ... Tucker Bierbaum with Emergency Medicine at St., Joseph Health System’s Santa Rosa Memorial ... conditions present in similar ways and require time-critical intervention to avoid large area heart ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... abuse located in central Michigan, have come together on Thanksgiving Day to share ... video, available for viewing on the Serenity Point YouTube channel, patients displayed what ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Somu Sivaramakrishnan announced today ... owner, Somu now offers travelers, value and care based Travel Services, including exclusive ... as well as, cabin upgrades and special amenities such as, shore excursions, discounted ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... PRMA Plastic Surgery is updating their ... surgeons performed their 6,000th free flap breast reconstruction surgery! , “What an accomplishment for ... excited to rebuild lives and it’s an honor to have served all of these ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... wellness consultation, has collaborated with Women’s Web – an online resource for ... topics on mental and emotional well-being relationship, life balance, stress, professional development, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/27/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) has ... Market 2015-2019" report to their offering. ... report, the author the present scenario and growth prospects ... calculate the market size, the report considers revenue generated ... IUDs and copper IUDs. The report forecasts the global ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... India , November 27, ... --> --> ... personal emergency response system (PERS) ... steadily for 5 years with ... region expected to see a ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... november 2015 AAIPharma Services Corp./Cambridge ... investering aan van ten minste $15,8 miljoen ... het mondiale hoofdkantoor in Wilmington, ... in extra kantoorruimte en extra capaciteit voor ... behoeften van de farmaceutische en biotechnologische markten. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: