Does reducing salt intake increase cardiovascular mortality

Feng J. He, Lawrence Appel, Francesco P. Cappuccio, Hugh E. De Wardener, Graham A. MacGregor

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Overwhelming evidence shows that reducing salt intake from 9-12 to 5-6 g/d lowers blood pressure, thereby preventing cardiovascular disease. A recent paper claims that lower salt intake is associated with higher cardiovascular mortality despite lower blood pressure. The study is flawed and cannot refute the evidence for the benefits of salt reduction. The WHO recommends salt reduction as crucial in tackling the global non-communicable-disease crisis. A reduction in population salt intake remains a public-health priority.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)696-698
Number of pages3
JournalKidney International
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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He, F. J., Appel, L., Cappuccio, F. P., De Wardener, H. E., & MacGregor, G. A. (2011). Does reducing salt intake increase cardiovascular mortality. Kidney International, 80(7), 696-698.