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Sodium consumption at all ages
By Didier Garriguet, Health Statistics Division
Canadians consume a large amount of sodium. Although some sodium is needed to control blood volume and to help cells function properly, most Canadians consume far more than is necessary, or recommended. Results from the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey — Nutrition indicate that, among people aged 19 to 70, over 85% of men and 60% of women had sodium intakes exceeding the recommended upper limit beyond which health risks increase. [Full text]