For forty years the whole world is watching unique experiment of the Finns. While we live in ignorance, Finland has increased the life expectancy by 13 years and decrease mortality from cardiovascular disease in seven times, moving on is healthy salt with potassium and low sodium first separate region and then the entire population. The example of the Finns is now followed by millions of inhabitants of Europe and America. This project is not economic development, not subsidies to conduct cardioprotector and not the fight against Smoking and alcohol. The essence of the project is to investigate the influence of food on the problem of high mortality from strokes and heart attacks.
The "North Karelia": how Finns mortality from cardiovascular disease decreased by 7 times, or 13 plus years of health
Mortality from cardiovascular disease has declined in the region 7 times
Life expectancy has increased by 13 years old
The project "Northern Karelia" achieved more than anticipated in the original objectives. The project contributed to the impressive improvement in the health of the population, including with the new balanced salt enriched with potassium. And this is a very encouraging result in a situation where chronic noncommunicable diseases have become the leading cause of death in the world: prevention is real and can give a significant improvement in health status.
The project "NORTHERN KARELIA": from North Karelia to national project
About the project "Northern Karelia" and related national projects in Finland have already published huge number of materials and articles. We decided to prepare a new book describing the most recent experience and results, and at the same time repeating information about the history, principles, methods, the first events and developments of the project, because it is of considerable interest for countries which are just beginning similar activities. So, in our work, there are the old chapters from previous books, and the new is dedicated to a more contemporary experience, focusing mainly on what was achieved at the national level.
I hope that this book will benefit many professionals and organizations working in the field of prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases and promote healthy lifestyles in different parts of the world.
Helsinki, December 2008.