Member Research and Reports

Member Research and Reports

Harvard Finds High Sodium Diets Linked to 1.65 Million Annual Deaths Worldwide

Excessive salt consumption may be behind one in 10 deaths from heart disease and stroke worldwide — one in five for people younger than 70. The global total for annual deaths linked to sodium may be as high as 1.65 million.

These findings were published in a new study led by Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, now dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, who conducted the research while he was a faculty member at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It was one of three studies on sodium consumption published August 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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