Evidence suggests that sodium intake is an important determinant of blood pressure in the population as a whole, and influences the rise in blood pressure with age. The predominant source of salt varies from country to country. In the UK, for example, the greatest potential effect involves reducing the salt content of manufactured food. A different public health approach would apply to Italy, where discretionary intake of salt is two to three times greater than that of the UK and for Guatemala where intakes from these sources are high.

See also: Calcium. Cancer: Epidemiology and Associations Between Diet and Cancer. Hypertension: Etiology; Nutritional Management. Osteoporosis. Potassium. Sodium: Physiology.

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