War on Salt Cuts UK Deaths From Heart Disease - The New Indian Express

War on Salt Cuts UK Deaths From Heart Disease

Published: 15th April 2014 02:56 PM

Last Updated: 15th April 2014 02:56 PM

Falling salt consumption has played an "important role" in the plummeting number of deaths from heart disease in Britain, researchers have said.

Between 2003 and 2011 average salt intake in England reduced by around 15 per cent while the number of deaths from heart disease and stroke fell by 40 per cent, their study found.

Health campaigners said the changes showed the success of efforts to persuade food manufacturers to reduce the salt content in a host of foods.

High salt intake is linked to raised blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.

The research by Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Queen Mary University, London, examined more than 30,000 patients over an eight-year period.

It found falls in blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as other changes, such as a fall in smoking rates and an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption.

The salt intake of 3,000 Britons was measured over the same period and showed that consumption fell by an average of 1.4 grams a day - 15 per cent.

Researchers said the significant reduction in salt was likely to have "played an important role" in the falling number of deaths over the period.

Prof Graham MacGregor, of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, who wrote the report, said: "It's a success story - the UK is leading the world in salt reduction."

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