Libin Institute Member Dr. Norm Campbell, the HSF/CIHR Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control, was recently quoted in a Pan American Health Organization news release. Campbell is Chair of the PAHO expert group on salt, and in 2010 co-Chaired a World Health Organization technical meeting on the topic.
From the news release:
“Salt reduction is one of the most cost-effective public health measures available,” said Dr. Norm Campbell, professor of medicine at the University of Calgary (Canada) and chair of a PAHO-convened expert group on salt and health. “If other countries join these efforts, we can save tens of thousands of lives over the next 10 years.”
Researchers in Canada have estimated that reducing sodium intake by 10 percent each year in 18 Latin American countries could prevent 593,000 cardiovascular events and save some 54,000 lives. Cost-effectiveness studies have shown that reducing salt consumption at the population level can cut the prevalence of related chronic diseases at a cost of between 4 and 32 US cents per person per year.
You can read other stories featuring Dr. Norm Campbell here.