Thais eat so much salt they are developing high rates of kidney disease: report

The Low Salt Thailand Network has collaborated with ThaiHealth to urge Thai people to reduce salt intake after finding that Thailand is ranked third in ASEAN for the highest number of patients with a kidney disease, which is linked to salt intake.

The network has set a goal to reduce the national intake of salt by 30 percent in accordance with the World Health Organization.

President of the Nephrology Society of Thailand, Dr. Kriangsak Warisangthip, said the kidney disease was a global health priority. The doctor noted that many people don’t realize that they have kidney disease until the symptoms are severe, reported Thai News Bureau.

Patients with a kidney disease needed continuous treatment, such as dialysis several days per week, which is very expensive. This is the reason that many people who develop the disease don’t receive treatment and die from it.

The Low Salt Thailand Network recommends that people avoid fast food, frozen food and semi-instant food and get a medical checkup every year.


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