A pinch less of salt each day could mean dramatic reductions in heart attack and stroke
Can reducing salt really help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and other diseases? A new study shows cutting out about 1/4 of a teaspoon of salt each day could ward off certain diseases and death over time. Viv Williams has details in this episode of NewsMD's "HealthFusion."
ROCHESTER — Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. You can help reduce your risk by making choices that include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and eating right. Part of a healthy diet is paying attention to salt.
A new study shows that even if you only cut out 1 gram (about 1/4 teaspoon) of salt each day, your risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke may go down.
Researchers wanted to see what reducing salt could mean for the health of people in China. They estimated that if people there cut out one gram over a year's time and sustained that practice, 9 million cases of heart disease and stroke could be prevented by 2030.
They say that keeping this up for another 10 years could ward off up to 13 million cases.
Too much dietary salt may raise your blood pressure, increasing your risk of disease.
The study is published in the British Medical Journal.
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