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The Low Salt Thailand Network has collaborated with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) to urge Thai people to reduce salt intake after they found that Thailand is ranked third in ASEAN for most patients with a kidney disease.
The network has set a goal to reduce the national intake of salt by 30% in accordance with the World Health Organization since 60% of Thai people died of a heart diseases and stroke each year. One of the causes of these diseases is eating too much salt.
President of the Nephrology Society of Thailand M.D. Kriangsak Warisangthip said the kidney disease was a global health priority and Thailand was the third ASEAN country with the most patients with a kidney disease. Not many people knew that they had a kidney disease until the symptoms became severe, said the doctor.
Patients with a kidney disease needed continuous treatment which was expensive, the doctor said. This is the reason why many of them have not received treatment and died.
The Low Salt Thailand Network recommends that people avoid fast food, frozen food and semi-instant food and get a medical checkup every year.