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Study: Cutting salt intake would save $18B a year in health costs
By Nanci Hellmich

 If Americans would cut their sodium intake to the level recommended by health and nutrition experts, the country would save about $18 billion in annual health care costs and quality of life would improve for millions of people, says a Rand Corp. study. The estimated value of improved quality of life (living healthier longer): $32 billion annually. About a third of adults have hypertension, and one reason that it’s so common is that sodium consumption is so high, says Roland Sturm, a senior economist for the Rand Corp and one of the authors on the study which appears in the September/October issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.