08 Feb '12, 8pm

A second opinion on the salt debate: Reducing sodium could increase your risk

A second opinion on the salt debate: Reducing sodium could increase your risk

“Those who consumed the least salt had a 56 percent higher risk of death from a heart attack or stroke compared with those who had the highest consumption, even after controlling for obesity , cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and other risk factors. The researchers don't have a firm explanation for this finding, but they speculate that sodium intake low enough to decrease blood pressure may also decrease sensitivity to insulin, encourage a stress response in the nervous system, and affect hormones that regulate blood pressure and sodium absorption. 'Each of these effects might have unfavorable impact on cardiovascular mortality,' Staessen says." The authors of the study conclude, “Taken together, our current findings refute the estimates of computer models of lives saved and health care costs reduced with lower salt intake. They do also not support the current recommendatio...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/a-second-opi...

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