CDC working to promote lower sodium consumption

Dec 21, 2010

Avoiding foods high in sodium can avert serious health problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently pointed out that many Americans are consuming heavy amounts of sodium, potentially damaging their long-term health.

In a recent announcement, the CDC pointed out that each day, the average American consumes more than twice the recommended allowance for sodium - more than 3,400 milligrams.

To help address the problem, the CDC will distribute $1.9 million to programs in California, Kansas and New York that help promote healthy, lower-sodium diets. According to CDC official Dr. Darwin Labarthe, "sodium reduction is a public health imperative that would benefit everyone."

The CDC added that excessive sodium leads to dangerous health problems that can range from stroke and high blood pressure to heart attacks and kidney failure.

While many of those medical conditions can result in a shorter life expectancy, they can also carry financial burdens as well. For example, people with chronic health problems or who have survived cancer or heart attacks will often find themselves dealing with more medical debts as well as higher life insurance premiums.

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