Study: Cutting U.S. Salt Consumption Could Save Half-A-Million Lives

Reducing salt intake could save 500,000 lives in the U.S. over 10 years, a new study says.

Reducing salt intake could save 500,000 lives in the U.S. over 10 years, a new study says.

(Chicago) – Cutting salt consumption, could save hundreds of thousands of lives, a new study says.

Reducing the amount of salt the U.S. population consumes could save 500,000 American lives, according to recent research published in the journal Hypertension.

The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day 
, however, many Americans consume far more, this poses a serious public health concern. In fact, Americans consume close to 3,600 mg per day (average), which is more than double the limit set by the AHA.

In this study, the researchers developed and used computer simulations to observe the effects of slowly reducing sodium intake by about 5 percent of a teaspoon per day, down to 2,200 mg per day.

They found that the gradual reduction in sodium consumption over a period of 10 years could save up to 500,000 lives, with the possibility of saving even more lives if the reductions could be carried out in less time.

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