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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 25, 2015

More Health Advice Needed to Cut US Sodium Intake

JAMA. 2015;314(8):763. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.9917

About half of nearly 200 000 US adults reported in a recent survey that they’re watching their salt intake or reducing it, but only 1 in 5 said a health professional advised them to cut back. The data are from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System telephone survey, which for the first time has provided state-level estimates of sodium intake among the general population.

Survey participants in 26 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico answered questions about sodium intake. The percentage of adults who said they’ve lowered their salt consumption ranged from 38.7% in Utah to 73.4% in Puerto Rico. Only 13.5% of participants in Minnesota said a health professional suggested they cut their sodium intake, compared with 41.4% in Puerto Rico (Fang J et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64[25]:695-698).