Reducing salt intake could save billions in health care costs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/17/09

Reducing salt intake could save billions in health care costs

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Salty foods may taste good, but they're harming our health and the national budget.  A new study from the Rand Corporation finds that even though Americans should know by now salt can increase blood pressure, they are still enjoying at least 1,000 milligrams more than what is recommended. 

Experts say cutting down on salt would eliminate 11-million cases of high blood pressure, extending thousands of lives a year.  If Americans were to cut back on salt, it could save about $18-billion in annual health care costs. 

The American Heart Association says no more than 2,300 milligrams a day, but if you're African American, middle aged or have high blood pressure, the intake level drops to just 1,500 milligrams.

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