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Why lowering 4g of salt intake might save your life

According to a team of researchers from Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singaporeans would be much healthier just by lowering 4-gram less of salt per day.

This would help in the prevention of stroke and heart attack.

The leading cause of death in Singapore is cardiovascular disease (CVD). According to Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF), in 2020, 19 people die from heart disease and stroke every day.

High sodium intake is one of the causes for hypertension. It contributes to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and heart failure among those with high BMI.

The recommended daily sodium intake is 2000mg per day, this is equivalent to 5g or ¾ teaspoon of salt. Numbers released by the Ministry of Health estimate that Singaporeans consume close to 9g of salt in a day, almost twice the recommended daily intake. To achieve a healthier heart and body, one should adopt a low-sodium lifestyle. The Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) website offers many tips and recipes on how one can keep track of their sodium consumption and cook healthier meals.

Ways to reduce salt intake

Health screening packages available

Here at our clinic, we offer various health screening packages that are affordable and comprehensive, especially to look out for chronic illnesses associated with salt intake like hypertension.

  • Fundamental Screening ($50)

  • Enhanced Screening ($200)

  • Premium Screening ($300)

Speak to our doctors to work out which packages and screenings will be suitable for you and what are some lifestyle changes you may need to make in your diet to work towards a healthier body and heart.

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Source: Nutrients, "Assessing the Impact of Salt Reduction Initiatives on the Chronic Disease Burden of Singapore" Authors: Borame L. Dickens, et al.

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