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Cutting salt intake could lead to a healthy heart

Eating smaller amounts of salt every day as a teenager could help to reduce high blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke in adulthood, research suggests.

Researchers from the University of California used computer modelling to project that reducing daily salt intake by 3g could result in a 44 to 63 per cent reduction in the number of teenagers and young adults with hypertension. This amounts to up to 550,000 fewer cases of hypertension.

By the time the teenagers reach 50, the benefits of cutting levels of salt in their diet will become clear. Rates of coronary heart disease would fall by 7 to 12 per cent, the number of heart attacks by 8 to 14 per cent and the number of strokes by up to 8 per cent.

The findings echo calls from NICE to reduce daily salt intake, which were outlined in guidance on preventing cardiovascular disease in June this year. More ….