A Study Shows the Heart-Saving, Cost-Reducing Effects of Salt Intake Reduction

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(Newswire.net — August 31, 2022) Orlando, FL — Salt intake, especially when done excessively, has long been something health experts warn against. This is because it is associated with an increased risk of having certain diseases.

A study was carried out by researchers from the Queen Mary University of London.

In this research, it has been found that the salt reduction program of England will result in almost 200,000 fewer adults developing heart disease. By 2050, it is also projected to produce healthcare cost savings of £1.64 billion.

The findings of this research were published in the journal called Hypertension.

It is always important to keep in mind that excessive intake of salt is strongly associated with increased blood pressure. It also increases the risk of other ailments, such as cardiovascular disease, as well as kidney disease, gastric cancer, and osteoporosis. 

Elevated blood pressure levels have long been blamed for half of the burden of ischemic heart disease and more than 60 percent of strokes. 

It is worth keeping in mind that from 2003 to 2010, the Food Standards Agency collaborated with the food industry. This was to establish salt reduction targets in over 85 food categories. 

It particularly involved reformulating processed foods, product labeling, and public awareness campaigns. 

The findings of this research were published in the Hypertension journal.

Consequently in the study, there was a reduction in the average population-level salt intake by 15 percent in the period 2000 to 2011. It is further worth noting the decline was attributed to food companies reformulating their products.

According to Professor Borislava Mihaylova, the results are striking because of the large health benefits that we see with an effective government policy of reducing salt in everyday food products.

Mihaylova is a lead researcher from the Queen Mary University of London.

“These gains could be seriously endangered if the policy is weakened. The stalling of salt reduction efforts in the past few years is now eating away at the potential population health gains and is costing our health service dearly,” he adds.

More studies are still underway to look into the dangerous impacts of salt intake on blood pressure levels and overall heart health. Scientists also stress the relevance of using some natural remedies like curcumin, which is a phytochemical found to have heart health benefits.

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