Around the world, people consume too much salt. A new study estimates 1.65 million deaths a year are attributable to sodium intake. Jung K Oh/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Jung K Oh/iStockphoto Goats and Soda Death By Salt? New Study Finds Too Much Sodium Is A Global Killer August 13, 2014 It's not just Americans who are oversalted. A new study reports that sodium takes a global toll, attributing 1.65 million deaths from cardiovascular disease to sodium consumption.