Salt reduction a global priority to fight disease

SALT reduction is one of five priority interventions suggested by an international coalition of doctors and scientists to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). 

The Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance has called for salt intake to be reduced to less than 5 g per person daily by 2025 in a bid to lower blood pressure and therefore heart disease and stroke.

Salt reduction – described as affordable for all countries – was second only to cutting tobacco use in the list of priorities drawn up by the group ahead of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs planned for September.

The other priorities were promotion of healthy diet and physical activity, reduction of harmful alcohol consumption, and access to essential drugs and technologies.

Lancet 2011, online 6 April