Move forward with voluntary sodium targets to reduce costs and disease, says American Heart Association

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American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on a new study that finds industry adoption of the FDA 2016 sodium reformulation targets for processed foods will cost-effectively reduce cardiovascular disease. The modeling analysis showed that fully achieving the FDA sodium reduction targets could prevent approximately 450,000 cases of cardiovascular disease, gain 2 million quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), and create discounted societal cost savings of approximately $40 billion over a 20 years period.

“The more sodium you consume, the more you risk elevating your blood pressure. As a nation, we are eating our way to heart disease and stroke, but right now we have an opportunity to change the food supply in a way that will improve our nation’s health. We agree with FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb that reducing sodium in the US diet is the most effective public health nutrition strategy.

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