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Health: Sodium-induced Hypertension

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd June 2008.

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Photo of Lord Wade of Chorlton Lord Wade of Chorlton Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of individuals currently suffering from hypertension would be likely to see a clinically significant improvement in their blood pressure if they restricted their sodium intake to within the Government's guideline of 6 grams per day.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

No such estimate has been made by the Government. The number of lives saved annually by reducing average population intakes to 6 grams has, however, been estimated to be around 20,200.

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