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How can reducing salt intake affect my blood pressure?

Reducing sodium in the diet can reduce systolic blood pressure (SBP) by about 1 to 5 mm Hg. The more you reduce sodium, the lower your blood pressure. However reducing dietary sodium is very hard for individuals to do. Most of the sodium we eat, about 75 percent or more, comes from packaged, processed and restaurants foods. Only a small amount of sodium comes from salt added during cooking or at the table.

On a population basis, the health and economic benefits of sodium reduction are huge. One study estimated that reducing average population dietary sodium to 2300 mg per day may reduce cases of high blood pressure by 11 million, save $18 billion health care dollars, and gain 312,000 Quality Adjusted Life Years.

If you consume a lot of salt, you should cut down for better health. Doing so may help lower your blood pressure but probably not enough to avoid medications.

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