Americans consume more salt than the recommended guidelines causing chronic health conditions

salth1A new study, published by the (CDC) in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report, has specified that more than 90% of children and 89 % of adults aged 19 and older exceed the 2015-2020 dietary guidelines for Americans. The guidelines recommend limiting to less tan 2,300 mg per day for people over the age of 14 and far less for younger people.

Excess salt consumptions is linked to chronic health conditions including heart disease and the following statistics suggest a . One in three U.S. adults, approximately 70 million people, have and only half have it under control. Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases kill more than 800,000 Americans each year and cost nearly $320 billion a year in health care and lost productivity.

Among adults, a larger proportion of men (98 percent) than women (80 percent) consume too much .
About 90 percent of adult whites consume compared with 85 percent of blacks.
Estimated and calorie consumption peaks between the ages of 19 and 50.
Among people at greater risk of developing heart disease or stroke – such as people age 51 and older, African Americans and individuals with or pre-hypertension (blood pressure higher than normal but not in the “high” range) – more than three out of four exceed 2,300 mg per day.
Adults with hypertension consume slightly less than other adults, and may be trying to follow physicians’ advice to reduce . However, 86 percent of adults with hypertension still consume too much.

“The finding that nine of ten adults and children still consume too much salt is alarming,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “The evidence is clear: too much in our foods leads to , a major for heart disease and stroke. Reducing in manufactured and restaurant foods will give more choice and save lives.”

The data used for the research analysis originated form the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) which calculated how much salt Americans are eating. The consisted of 15,000 people.

reduction is a key part of preventing heart disease and stroke,” said Sandra Jackson, an author of the report and an epidemiologist in CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. “Reducing is an achievable and effective strategy to improve heart health for everyone, but it’s going to take all of us working together to make it possible.”


Prevalence of intake – , 2009-2012, CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published online 8 January 2016.

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