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Eating too much salt led to nearly 2.3 million heart-related deaths worldwide in 2010

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How serious is sodium? Eating too much salt contributed to 2.3 million deaths worldwide from heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related diseases in 2010, according to research presented at an American Heart Association scientific conference last year.

Researchers looked at almost 250 surveys of adult sodium intake, split up by age, gender, region and country between 1990 and 2010 as part of the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study. Next, they determined how sodium was affecting their heart disease risk.

Nearly 1 million of these deaths or 40 percent were premature, occurring in people 69 and younger. Sixty percent of the deaths occurred in men and 40 percent were in women. Heart attacks caused 42 percent of the deaths and strokes 41 percent. The rest resulted from other types of cardiovascular disease.

The researchers noted that national and global public health measures such as sodium reduction programs could save millions of lives. Join our campaign to find out how you can reduce sodium in your diet and in our food supply, so that salt doesn’t break so many hearts.

Don’t become a heartbreaking statistic. Be aware of how much salt is in your diet, and keep checking this blog for tips on how to reduce the sodium you eat.