Eating too much salt blamed for 2.3 million deaths a year worldwide… ten times more than sugary drinks
Nearly one million of these deaths occurred in people 69 years and youngerUkraine has the highest death rate from salt-related symptoms; Qatar has the lowestFigures overshadow those who die from sugary drinks-related illnesses
22:46 GMT, 22 March 2013
22:49 GMT, 22 March 2013
Excessive salt consumption accounts for an estimated 2.3 million deaths a year overshadowing the dangers of consuming sugary drinks.
Fifteen per cent of all deaths from heart attacks,
strokes and other heart-related diseases throughout the world in 2010
were caused by eating too much salt according to research presented at the American Heart Association.
A recent Harvard study had found that sugary drinks contribute to the deaths of around 180,000 people annually, but these latest finding are much more worrying.
Be careful: The numbers of people who die worldwide from over-consumption of salt is staggering
'National and global public health
measures, such as comprehensive sodium reduction programs, could
potentially save millions of lives,' said lead author of the study and associate professor of medicine and
the Harvard School of Public Health Dariush Mozaffarian.
'The burden of sodium is much higher
than the burden of sugar-sweetened beverages.
'That’s because sugar-sweetened beverages are just one type of food that people can avoid, whereas sodium is in everything.'
The researchers analyzed 247 surveys of adult sodium intake, stratified by age, gender, region and country between 1990 and 2010 as part of the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study, an international collaborative study by 488 scientists from 303 institutions in 50 countries around the world.
Salt has been linked to more deaths than sugary drinks – which the same Harvard research team blamed for the deaths of 25,000 people a year in the U.S. alone in 2010
Sugar high: Sugary drinks aren't just fattening – they're deadly, according to a new study that links roughly 180,000 deaths annually worldwide to the beverages
Nearly one million of these deaths – 40 percent of the total — were premature, occurring in people 69 years of age and younger.
Sixty per cent of the deaths occurred in men and 40 percent were in women. Heart attacks caused 42 percent of the deaths and strokes 41 percent. The remainder resulted from other types of cardiovascular disease.
Eighty-four percent of these deaths due to eating too much sodium were in low and middle-income countries, rather than high-income countries.
Countries with the highest death rates due to salt consumptionUkraine – 2,109 Russia – 1,803 Egypt – 836
Rates based per million adults from the world's 30 largest countries
Countries with the lowest death rates due to salt consumptionQatar – 73 Kenya – 78 United Arab Emirates – 134
Rates based per million adults from all the countries in the world