Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) contribute substantially to the burden of diseases worldwide. Hypertension is a major risk factor for CVD. High salt intake has an adverse effect on blood pressure and the number of CVD cases in the population.
Salt intake in the Netherlands is around 9 grams per day, which is far above recommended levels. Most of our daily salt intake comes from processed foods. The present project focuses on the impact of salt reduction strategies on daily salt intake and long‐term population health in the Netherlands and Europe. Different scenarios for salt reduction, involving consumers and food industry, are modelled using the RIVM Chronic Disease Model and DYNAMO‐HIA model. The potential impact on CVD, disability adjusted life years, and life expectancy is estimated. Furthermore, different health impact models for estimating the effect of salt reduction are compared, which includes an evaluation of the underlying model assumptions.
Health Gain by Salt Reduction in Europe: A Modelling StudyPLoS ONE 10 (2015)3. - ISSN 1932-6203
Nutritional impact of sodium reduction strategies on sodium intake from processed foodsEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition 69 (2015). - ISSN 0954-3007 - p. 805 - 810.
Monitoring salt and iodine intakes in Dutch adults between 2006 and 2010 using 24 h urinary sodium and iodine excretionsPublic Health Nutrition 17 (2014)7. - ISSN 1368-9800 - p. 1431 - 1438.
Potential effect of salt reduction in processed foods on healthAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition 99 (2014)3. - ISSN 0002-9165 - p. 446 - 453.
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