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Articles March 2010 Issue

Shake the Salt Habit to Reduce Your Risk of Stroke and Heart Disease

Cutting your salt intake could significantly reduce your risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, according to a new analysis. Researchers systematically reviewed the scientific literature and identified 13 studies of salt/ sodium involving a total of 177,025 participants. Pooling this data, the researchers found that a decrease in intake of 5 grams of salt a day—a little less than a teaspoon—was associated with a 23% lower rate of strokes and as much as a 17% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

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