Salt consumption is the largest cause of death in the world

3 out of 4 heart attacks can be prevented according to WHO figures globally. In Argentina, twice the salt recommended by this organism is consumed.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a maximum intake of 5 grams of sodium per day, which is equivalent to one teaspoon per day (including one that contains processed foods). But what actually happens is that most adults exceed that number, ranging from 9 to 12 grams per day on average.

The consequences of this exaggerated consumption are the alarming estimate of associated annual deaths, which make salt, and its consequent cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of death in the world. They affect three out of ten people and represent the most common non-communicable disease, with 17.5 million cases each year and by 2030 the figure is expected to rise to 23.3 million due to the increase in obesity, Poor eating habits and sedentary life in the population.

Reasons to remove the salt shaker from the table

These figures served as a basis for addressing the issue and developed a study by a group of US and British specialists led by Tufts University in Boston, USA and published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). It revealed that by only reducing salt consumption by 10% over a 10-year period, 2.5 million deaths could be avoided.

It's law

In Argentina, daily salt consumption per person is 11 grams, more than twice as recommended by the WHO and more than 34% of people over 18 years of age suffer from high blood pressure. That is why in order to reduce its effects on the national population, it was established by decree promoting the reduction of sodium consumption in the population. It regulates the salt content used for the preparation of food substances.

This measure not only reduces the risks and lowers the important health burden they represent, but also takes care of everyone's health.

Tips to avoid a heart attack:

  • No Smoking.
  • Periodic blood pressure checks.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes, least every other day.
  • Keep the weight in the normal range.
  • Have a diet low in saturated fats, trans fats. and salt.

The increase in the consumption of Omega 3, is also one of the great helps to avoid cardiovascular affections. It is obtained from deep-sea fish (mackerel, tuna, salmon), and can also be found in natural supplements such as fish oil capsules.

In all cases Visiting the doctor to perform regular check-ups is indispensable to carry out a check on the general health. And in the case that antecedents have already been detected, take the corresponding medication and the health measures that the specialist indicates.

By following these guidelines you could avoid three of four heart attacks the experts say.