The data in this report suggests that a greater proportion of patients would likely take action to reduce their sodium intake if their clinicians provided them with sodium reduction advice. While healthcare practitioners may doubt whether their recommendations will in fact affect patient behavior, the findings in this study indicate sodium reduction advise was significantly and positively associated with action. Reducing sodium intake by 1,200mg daily is projected to save $18 billion in health care costs yearly. Healthcare professionals can make a difference by recommending healthy dietary patterns, such as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

Age-adjusted percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who reported being advised by a health professional to reduce dietary sodium intake — 26 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2013

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