Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
This year World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) is leading Salt Awareness Week and will be focusing on raising awareness about the relationship between salt consumption, high blood pressure and stroke. Over consumption of salt is a major factor that raises blood pressure and high blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke. In the Americas, between 20-33% of adults have high blood pressure (hypertension). People living in Latin America and the Caribbean have some of the highest rates of hypertension in the world. The good news is that about 30% of people with hypertension would have normal blood pressure if they reduced their salt intake to a healthy level. Read the document.