India can learn from Finland in reducing salt intake

Finland`s example of reduction in salt intake to prevent hypertension can be followed in India.

Madurai: Finland`s success in lessening
incidence of hypertension among its population in 25 to 30
years by bringing about reduction in salt intake, a key
measure in prevention and basic treatment, holds good for
India, a top doctor of a leading hospital said here today.

This measure had also proved a success in U.S.A and other
countries, according to experts in finland who have
substantiated it, A.Madhavan, Interventional Cardiologist of
Apollo Speciality Hospitals here said.

Quoting from a Research Paper by experts Heikki Karppanen
and Eero Mervaala,he said evidence suggested that the
progressive decline in Salt intake which has continued in
Finland for 25 to 30 years played an important role in the
steep fall in average blood pressure of the Population and in
a decrease in stroke/ Coronary heart morality.

Addressing a function to coincide with World Hypertension
day today, he said Finland`s success hold good for India as
children here were getting addicted to salt foods. Too
much of salt is reason for heart attacks, early morbidity and
mortality. "It is better we realise it and start implementing
simple health precautions at home," he said.


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