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The urgency of monitoring salt consumption and its effects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Med J Aust 2013; 198 (7): 365-366. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10745

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 the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.2 Although much has been written about the health benefits of a traditional hunter-gatherer diet and the detrimental effects of colonisation on diet and exercise patterns,3 we know little about how colonisation has affected salt intake among Indigenous Australians.

  • Christopher G Lawrence*

  • The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: clawrence@george.org.au

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


*On behalf of Mary-Anne Land, Sandra J Eades, Kerin O’Dea, Bruce C Neal, Alan Cass and Jacqui L Webster.

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