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Author Gamage, Anuji Upekshika =
Author De Alwis Seneviratne, Rohini
Author Hanna, Fahad S.
Available date 2017-06-11T08:15:10Z
Publication Date 2017-06-08
Publication Name Journal of Public Health Policyen_US
Citation Gamage, A.U., De Alwis Seneviratne, R. & Hanna, F.S. J Public Health Pol (2017). doi:10.1057/s41271-017-0073-0en_US
ISSN 0197-5897
Abstract Our study estimated salt intake, examined the association between blood pressure (BP) and salt intake, and explored the socioeconomic variations in salt intake among administrators (government employees). This is a cross-sectional study. We studied 168 randomly selected administrators aged 30–60 years attached to government offices in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Self-administered questionnaire gathered information on socio-demographic, work-related information, lifestyle practices, and medical history. BP, 24-hour urine collection, and anthropometric indices were measured. Mean salt intake levels measured by 24-hour Sodium (Na) excretion in hypertensives and non-hypertensives were 202.56 (SD ± 85.45) mmol/day and 176.79 (SD ± 82.02) mmol/day, respectively. A 100-mmol increase in sodium was associated with an average increase of 3.1 (95 per cent CI 2–4.2) mmHg in systolic BP and 1.8 (95 per cent CI 0.89–2.6) mmHg in diastolic BP. Higher salt intake was found in managerial assistants (12.38 ± 5.0 g) compared with senior officers (10.84 ± 4.9 g). Salt intake among these administrators was alarmingly high. High salt intake was positively associated with hypertension and more prevalent in lower socioeconomic strata.en_US
Sponsor Ministry of Health Sri Lankaen_US
Language enen_US
Publisher Qatar Universityen_US
Subject salt intakeen_US
Subject 24-hour urinary sodium excretionen_US
Subject hypertensionen_US
Subject socioeconomic disparitiesen_US
Title Salt intake, blood pressure, and socioeconomic disparities among government employees in Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional studyen_US
Type Articleen_US
Pagination 1–18

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