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Are you among the millions of Americans trying to slash salt?

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family eating mealThere are lots of health authorities telling Americans to cut back on salt, but how many of us are actually heeding that advice?

In a prior blog post, I shared results from an American Heart Association survey that posed this question to 1,000 U.S. adults. It found that almost 60 percent of people said they’ve tried to cut back on sodium.

Now, a new survey of more than 180,000 people from 26 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC found that overall, just over half of respondents said they were currently watching or reducing the sodium or salt they eat.

About one in five of all respondents reported receiving advice from a health professional to reduce sodium.

The survey results were analyzed by a team of researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the July 3, 2015 issue of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Not surprisingly, people who knew they had high blood pressure were much more likely to be trying to cut back on salt. In turn, people with high blood pressure were more likely to report receiving advice from a health care professional to reduce sodium intake, compared to people without high blood pressure.

But even if you don’t have high blood pressure now, beware of too much sodium. Cutting back now can reduce your risk of getting high blood pressure and other diseases linked to excess sodium. Did you know that 90 percent of American adults are expected to develop high blood pressure in their lifetime? I don’t have high blood pressure now, but that statistic alone is enough for me to count myself among those who are watching my sodium!

Are you watching or reducing the salt/sodium you eat? What tips do you have to share?