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Health Department and American Heart Association Bring Together 34 of The World’s Leading Scientists to Affirm That Sodium Reduction Is Key to Reducing Cardiovascular Disease

2 July 2014

New York City Department of Health has recently co-released a Consensus Statement on Sodium, bringing together 34 of the world’s leading scientists to reaffirm the benefits of reducing population sodium intake to heart disease.

Our chairman,  Professor Graham Macgregor, along with expert members of WASH are signatories on this statement. This is a great resource to cite in sodium efforts in NYC, showing that there is a large group of distinguished scientists who affirm that the weight of the scientific evidence supports population-wide sodium reduction. 

Consensus Statement on Sodium

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are leading causes of death in the United States. Influencing the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease provides an opportunity to improve Americans’ health, which in turn can prevent illness and disability, reduce health disparities, save lives and reduce healthcare costs. Considering the full scope of research, the undersigned affirm the scientific basis for lowering current sodium consumption levels in the U.S. population.

Public health recommendations are made after weighing all of the evidence, including studies of greater and lesser strength of design and some with conflicting results.  A vast body of research, including observational studies, feeding studies, and randomized controlled trials, indicates that lowering sodium intake lowers blood pressure, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.  After reviewing evidence on sodium intake and cardiovascular disease outcomes, the Institute of Medicine recently concluded that reducing population sodium intake would have a positive effect on public health.  This is consistent with the compelling body of evidence from laboratory, clinical, and population research that together establishes that high sodium intake causes increases in blood pressure.

We conclude that the evidence is clear.  Population-wide reduction of sodium intake is an integral approach to reducing cardiovascular disease events and mortality in the United States.

The news is posted on the NYC Health webpage. The press release is on the NYC Health website.  You can also support the NYC Health Department in promoting this via your own social media using: “@nychealthy @American_Heart gathered 34 top scientists to affirm that less sodium is key to preventing heart disease”



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