John Singleton's family urges black men to get their blood pressure checked

Filmmaker John Singleton’s death is a reminder that many African American men struggle with a silent killer — hypertension.

FDA Asks Food Industry for Sharp Reduction of Salt

In a sweeping proposal years in the making, the FDA called for a sharp reduction in the sodium found in 150 categories of processed and restaurant foods.

Cardiovascular Deaths Linked to Poor Dietary Choices

Cardiovascular disease claims 610,000 lives in the United States each year. It is the leading cause of mortality nationwide, accounting for one in every four deaths.

Salty Surprises in the Food You Eat

Salt can lurk in surprising places. The average American adult, who consumes 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day — more than 1,000 milligrams more than the recommended daily allowance of 2,300 milligrams — may not know that more than 70 percent of the sodium consumed in this country is already in food before it reaches the table. 

Action On Salt YouTube Video

Action on Salt is successfully working to reach a consensus with the food industry and Government over the harmful effects of a high salt diet, and bring about a reduction in the amount of salt in processed foods as well as salt added to cooking, and the table.

National Salt Reduction Initiative

NYC is the first city in the nation to require chain restaurants to post warning labels next to menu items that contain high levels of sodium. 

New Blood Pressure Guidelines

The first new blood pressure guidelines in 14 years will likely bring a major change in treatment. Eleven medical groups including the American Heart Association are redefining the danger zone: the bar for systolic blood pressure is lowered from 140 points to 130. This means an estimated 31 million more people could be diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Eliminating 90% of Heart Disease Risk

Preventing and treating chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke with diet and lifestyle changes is not just safer but may be dramatically more effective.

The Best Kept Secret in Medicine

Lifestyle changes are often more effective in reducing the rates of heart disease, hypertension, heart failure, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and premature death than almost any other medical intervention.

F.D.A. Proposes Guidelines for Salt Added to Food

The federal government proposed voluntary guidelines for the food industry to reduce salt in the American food supply.

A High-Salt Diet Produces Dementia in Mice

A high-salt diet reduces resting blood flow to the brain and causes dementia in mice, according to a new study by scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine.

Salt: Shaking Up The Link With Stomach Cancer

We found strong evidence that certain high-salt foods are a cause of stomach cancer: foods preserved by salting such as meat and fish, and salt-preserved vegetables. Research showed that the more people eat of these foods the greater their chance of developing stomach cancer. 

Salt Linked To Dementia

Just a teaspoon a day 'dulls the mind' and increases your risk of Alzheimer's disease. Too much salt could be bad for your brain as well as your heart, doctors have warned.

Salt Shakeup: Companies Face Revamping Recipes

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced it is preparing voluntary guidelines asking food companies to cut back on the amount of salt they put in processed foods.

Microplastics found in 90% of table salt

A new study looked at sea, rock, and lake salt sold around the world. Salt is produced on Madura Island, Indonesia, by evaporating seawater, an ancient technique. A new study found that salt made in this region contains some of the highest microplastics sampled. Here’s what you need to know.

Who's Right In The Salt Debate?

For decades, a sometimes furious battle has raged among scientists over the extent to which elevated salt consumption contributes to death...

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