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BPUK Chairman receives CBE
Professor Graham MacGregor is awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2019!
We are delighted to announce that Blood Pressure UK's Chairman Professor Graham MacGregor has been awarded a CBE in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Graham MacGregor CBE, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chair of Blood Pressure UK, says:
“I am thrilled to have been awarded a CBE by the Queen’s birthday honours list for 2019 for services to Cardiovascular Disease and want to thank my team for their continuous support.
In the early 2000’s, the UK pioneered a salt reduction programme
led by the Food Standards Agency and Action on Salt with the setting of
incremental salt targets, so that the food industry was slowly reducing the
huge and unnecessary amounts of salt they add to food. This resulted in a fall
in UK population salt intake, a fall in blood pressure and more than 9,000 lives have been saved per year from
preventing strokes and heart disease.
Eating too much salt puts up our blood pressure, the major cause of cardiovascular disease which is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. This issue is recognised worldwide, with many countries adopting a salt reduction strategy similar to the UK. If we were able to achieve the World Health Organisation’s global target of <5g/day, then we would prevent more than 1.6 million cardiovascular disease related deaths per year, as well as major cost savings to individuals, their families and health services.
This award is in recognition that our area of research is saving lives, and will continue to save lives for as long as the food industry and the government continue to support salt reduction.”
Action on Salt & the Salt Reduction Programme Summary
Action on Salt, led by Professor Graham MacGregor, is a group concerned with salt and its effects on health, supported by 24 expert scientific members. Action on Salt is successfully working to reach a consensus with the food industry and Government over the harmful effects of a high salt diet, and bring about a reduction in the amount of salt in processed foods as well as salt added to cooking, and at the table.
In the early 2000’s the UK pioneered a salt reduction strategy with the
Food Standards Agency and Action on Salt with the setting of incremental salt
targets, so that the food industry was slowly reducing the huge and unnecessary
amounts of salt they add to food. This resulted in a fall in UK population salt
intake, a fall in average blood pressure and more than 12,000 lives have been saved
from preventing strokes and heart disease. However, in 2010 responsibility for
salt reduction was switched to the Department of Health and the food industry
was made responsible for policing itself, a policy that unsurprisingly failed.
Further salt reduction targets were set to be achieved by the end of 2017 but
little action has been taken to ensure the food industry is meeting these
targets. PHE are now responsible for the UK salt reduction programme but, so
far, very little has been achieved. All of the above has meant that the salt
reduction programme has been slowed down with the result that many thousands of
people have died unnecessarily and huge and unnecessary costs have been
incurred by the NHS. Salt is the forgotten killer; the time has come for PHE to
allocate sufficient resources to immediately resuscitate the UK salt reduction
About Blood Pressure UK
Blood Pressure UK was set up by Professor Graham MacGregor in October 2000. It is the UK’s leading blood pressure charity working to lower the nation’s blood pressure to prevent disability and death from stroke and heart disease. The charity provides information and support for people with high blood pressure and raises awareness to prevent the condition. Blood Pressure UK is the operating name of the Blood Pressure Association.