PIC-SaltMedical advice to limit salt may be a powerful motivator for many adults to reduce their salt intake, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting.

Researchers in this study reviewed telephone survey information from 173,778 U.S. adults to determine the impact of receiving medical advice to lower dietary sodium.

They found:

  • Of those who reported receiving advice from a doctor or other health professional, 82 percent reported taking action to reduce sodium intake

Receiving advice was associated with a 59 percent increased likelihood of taking action to reduce sodium intake.

The proportion of adults who did not report receiving advice suggests health professionals may be missing a “teachable moment,” researchers said.

For more information: