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Creating an enabling environment for population based salt reduction strategies

In July the World Health Organisation and the Food Standards Agency (London) jointly convened a technical meeting on salt reduction, in London. The report for this meeting – ‘Creating an enabling environment for population based salt reduction strategies’ – is now available online.

High blood pressure is responsible for 13% of deaths globally. The risk of death from high blood pressure in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is more than double that of high-income countries. The amount of dietary salt consumed is an important determinant of blood pressure levels and of hypertension risk. This relationship is direct and progressive with no apparent threshold, and salt reduction in individuals is an important intervention in reducing blood pressure, increasing the efficacy of pharmacological therapies, and reducing the global risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

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