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Study Associates Drop In Salt Intake With Fewer Heart Disease Deaths In U.K.

April 21, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
An analysis of data from 31,500 health surveys conducted in the U.K. over eight years finds a connection between a drop in salt consumption and in heart disease deaths. Between 2003 and 2011, daily salt intake fell by an average of 1.4 g, or about 15 percent. During the same period, stroke deaths fell by 42 percent and coronary heart disease deaths fell 40 percent. In addition, risk factors for cardiovascular disease also fell, including average cholesterol, blood pressure, and smoking. Average weight (body mass index) rose, and fruit and vegetable consumption rose slightly.
F. J. He et al., "Salt reduction in England from 2003 to 2011: its relationship to blood pressure, stroke and ischemic heart disease mortality. ", BMJ Open, April 21, 2014, © He et al.
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