To the Editor: There is convincing evidence that high salt diets are linked to elevated blood pressure — a major risk factor for chronic diseases.1 Premature mortality due to chronic diseases is a major contributor to
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The urgency of monitoring salt consumption and its effects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Christopher G Lawrence*
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (7): 365-366.
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