The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay organised an Institute Lecture on Sunday, November 12, 2017 titled ‘Everyone worth their salt should know this!’ by Professor Graham MacGregor.
Below is the abstract of the lecture:
The first thing that gets measured when you walk into a clinic is your pulse and your blood pressure. And why not. Hypertension (or “High BP”) is a leading indicator for non-communicable diseases like heart disease, kidney failure, and strokes. Arguably, the single most significant cause for hypertension is excessive salt. Scientific evidence strongly demonstrates that a high salt intake is a major cause of elevated blood pressure. Luckily the benefits of a modest reduction in salt intake are large.
The average intake of salt in the Indian diet, especially in the metros, appears to be 2 to 3 times the daily World Health Organization standard of less than 5g a day. So, while in recent times, we measure our calories using wristband devices, we don't have a sense of how much salt we are consuming.
In this talk, Professor Graham MacGregor presented the initiatives taken world wide, and the steps needed to control our salt intake.
About the speaker:
Professor MacGregor (http://www.wolfson.qmul.ac.uk/a-z-staff-profiles/graham-macgregor) is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician at Barts and The London. He is Chairman of Blood Pressure UK, recently served as President of the British Hypertension Society, and he is founder and Chairman of CASH, the Consensus Action on Salt and Health and WASH (World Action on Salt and Health) and Action on Sugar, which has been working with great success to slowly reduce the salt and sugar of all processed foods and increase public awareness surrounding salt, sugar and its effects on health.
Professor MacGregor's research work has focused on the mechanisms underlying the rise in blood pressure in hypertension, the importance of the renin-angiotensin system, and the influence of salt and potassium intake. His research has also focused on better ways of treating patients, particularly non pharmacological ways, and also the better use of drugs for the treatment of high blood pressure.