Pat Wellenbach, Associated Press
According to a new study, nearly 2.3 million heart-related deaths may be a result of eating too much salt.
"However, the study only showed an association between salt intake and heart-related deaths, not a cause-and-effect relationship.
"According to the researchers, the deaths accounted for 15 percent of all heart-related deaths that year.
Of the 2.3 million deaths, one million (40 percent) were considered premature, meaning the individuals were 69 and younger when they died. And men were found to be more at risk, as they accounted for 60 percent of the deaths.
"Worldwide, the researchers noted that the United States ranks 19th out of the 30 largest nations in terms of salt-related deaths, blaming 429 deaths per million adults caused by salt intake. That translates to one in 10 of all heart-related deaths, HealthDay News said."
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