Ethnic Communities Warned About Risks of High Salt Diets

Fri.27.Jan.2006 - 15:30 GMT
Ethnic Communities Warned About Risks of High S...
AIRED ON Fri.27.Jan.2006 - 15:30 GMT

Raised blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and is more common in black and ethnic minorities than white people. As a result, ethnic communities have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular problems, than in the general population.

This is particularly apparent with strokes and related kidney disease, which occur four to six times more often in black and ethnic minorities. However, the latest research shows that a modest reduction in salt intake (from around 10g to 5g of salt per day) in black and ethnic minority patients with hypertension results in both a fall in blood pressure and kidney disease.

Black and ethnic minorities who cut their salt intake to 6g per day reduce their risk of stroke by 45% and their risk of heart disease by 35%. Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) are hoping to raise awareness of the importance of a low salt diet in ethnic communities during National Salt Awareness Week, being held from the 28th January until the 4th February.

Health promotion units, dieticians and other healthcare professionals will be hosting their own events to tie in with the National Salt Awareness event being held at the House of Commons on the 1st February 2006. Speakers, including Professor Graham MacGregor, Chairman of CASH; Dame Deirdre Hutton, the Chair of the Food Standards Agency; Caroline Flint MP, Public Minister for Health, and Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, will be discussing what needs to be done to help reduce the nation’s salt intake.

Professor Graham MacGregor joins us live online on Friday 27 January at 1430hrs to explain the importance of a low salt diet.