EXCESS SALT INTAKE AS A LIFE STYLE DISORDER

Devendra Manohar Patil, Rima Amey Patil

Abstract


Introduction: Increasing incidence of lifestyle diseases like hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke and early ageing can be studied under the
lights of increased dietary intake of salt and their etio-pathological relationship can be reviewed. Hence, this study was designed to educate people
about the hazardous & morbid effect of excessive salt consumption. Materials and methods: This observational survey study was primarily based
on 100 participants in Mumbai suburbs, in view of their excessive salt intake. The consumption of salt was estimated grossly by the salt being
bought by the family with respect to the number of persons in the family. Empiric evaluation of nutritional status of 100 participants assessed by
dietary salt pro-forma and by physical examination. Result: Salt consumption of 36% of participants found to be more than 10gms/day while 15%
of participants are risking their health at the level of 15gms/day & above. The salt consumption of 49% of individuals found to be 5-10gms/day.
Conclusion: It is apparent that salt intake in humans is generally not a true reflection of salt requirement. A reduction of salt intake can be used as a
non-pharmacological tool in therapeutics for prevention of various lifestyle diseases.


Keywords


lifestyle diseases, ageing, salt intake.

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