Reducing salt consumption could save millions of lives, says study
Salt is one of the most feared villains today, but it is also the least fought. A study published by The British Medical Journal (BMJ) showed that decreasing salt consumption by 10% would save millions of lives.
What makes salt a big villain is that it is the main source of sodium that we consume and can cause increased blood pressure leading to more serious health problems such as hypertension and overloading the kidneys.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most adults consume more than the recommended amount of 2 grams of salt per day, allowing 1.65 million people to die of heart disease.
Few countries adopt public policies to try to reduce salt consumption. A group of researchers evaluated the impact of public prevention strategies in 183 countries, finding that investing only 10 cents per person would already reduce mortality.
Although few countries have hitherto adopted public policies to try to reduce the salt consumption, researchers, working together with the food industry, evaluated the impact of public prevention strategies in 183 countries. And they concluded that investing the equivalent of just 10 cents per person would greatly contribute to curbing mortality.
In addition, reducing salt consumption over a 10-year period would avoid an annual loss equivalent to 5.8 million years in good health. According to the researchers, the cost of years gained is equivalent to what is currently spent on drugs to prevent cardiovascular disease.
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