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Monday, July 6, 2015

CDC REPORTS ON U.S. SODIUM INTAKE

FROM:  U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Sodium Intake Among U.S. Adults — 26 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, 2013

With more than 9 out of 10 U.S. adults eating too much sodium, the findings suggest a significant proportion of adults are ready for sodium reduction. The study also reveals opportunities for healthcare professionals to advise patients on limiting salt in the diet. Based on a 2013 phone survey of more than 180,000 adults across 26 states, DC and Puerto Rico, CDC research reveals that just over half of U.S. adults reported taking action to watch or reduce sodium intake – while one in five say they have received professional medical advice to reduce sodium intake. Compared to people without hypertension, a higher percentage of individuals with self-reported hypertension claim to have taken steps to watch or reduce sodium and receive advice from a professional healthcare provider.