New research proves salt substitution lowers the risk of stroke and heart attack

On the 29th of August a study entitled “Effect of Salt Substitution on Cardiovascular Events and Death” was published by The New England Journal of Medicine. The study, by Neal et al from the George Institute for Global Health, found that use of reduced sodium and increased potassium salt substitutes significantly reduces rates of stroke, heart attack and death. The study was undertaken in China over 5 years with over 20,000 participants from 600 rural villages. All the participants had a history of stroke or were aged over 60 years old with high blood pressure. The findings provide clear evidence that salt substitution is one of the most practical ways of achieving a real impact and a positive change to our health. In addition, the group receiving salt substitute had no increased risk of serious adverse events. 

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The media release for this study can also be found here.