Original broadcast date: October 4, 2009
As I have stated quite emphatically on recent editions of Sunday House Call, we consume too much salt and most of it is derived from food manufacturers and restaurants.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in Canada with three out of four people having a lifetime risk of dying from it. An report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) looked at the effect excess sodium has on Canadians and how straightforward reductions in salt intake could have a positive impact on public health saving lives and reducing health care costs.
- Dr. Norm Campbell, Professor of Medicine, Community Health Sciences and Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Calgary. He chairs the Steering and Executive Committees for the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) and also chairs the Pan American Health Organization Expert Sodium Working Group (part of the WHO)