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High blood pressure and salt fact sheetIf you have high blood pressure, lowering your salt intake may reduce your blood pressure. Reducing high blood pressure is important to reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease and kidney disease. The salt in your diet does not just come from salt shaker, 80 per cent of the salt in our diets comes from packaged foods.

This fact sheet will provide you with:

  • tips to reduce your salt intake
  • information for managing high blood pressure
  • choices to reduce your sodium
  • guidance on reading food labels.

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The contents of this fact sheet were last updated July 2022


While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this material, the information is provided on the basis that persons undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content. In particular, readers should seek independent professional medical advice from their general practitioner or specialist in relation to their own individual circumstance or condition before making any decisions based on this information. The material also includes summarised guidelines or recommendations based on information provided by third parties. The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute disclaims to the extent permitted by law, all liability including negligence for claims of losses, expenses, damages and costs that the reader may incur (or suffer) from acting on or refraining from action as a result of all information in these materials.

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