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Published on Apr 22, 2011
The vast majority of U.S. adults consume excess sodium, which causes hypertension, a condition that affects nearly 1 in 3 Americans. Hypertension is not only a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, disability, and health disparities, but the treatment of high blood pressure and related diseases costs more than $270 billion annually. Today, people have little control over how much sodium to eat. Of the 3,400 mg of sodium the average American consumes daily—more than double the recommended maximum for most adults--nearly 80% is invisible, already in sources such as processed and restaurant foods.
This session of Public Health Grand Rounds will explore the consequences of excessive sodium intake and possible means to reduce sodium intake.