Claire R. Holland, M.D., L.M.T.

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Less restrictions for sodium intake??

 A new study offers fresh evidence that current salt recommendations should be taken with, well, a grain of salt.

NEW Studies in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests sodium restriction is nowhere near as useful as previously thought.
 
The guidelines that were investigated in the JAMA article were that everyone should have sodium intake levels below 2300 mg per day. For many people at higher risk, including everyone over 50 years of age, sodium intake the recommendations has been to stay below 1500 mg/d. 

The new study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, looks at the growing and important elderly patient population. The researchers analyzed 10-year followup data from 2,642 adults between 71 and 80 years of age who participated in a study in which they recalled their sodium intake and their heatlth subsequently observed. The authors acknowledged that their study was imperfect because it was observational and not controlled.

No significant relationship was found between sodium intake and mortality or the development of cardiovascular disease or heart failure. There were trends in favor of moderate sodium intake (1,500 -2,300 mg/d) compared with very low (<1,500 mg/d) or high (>2,300 mg/d) intake. Overall mortality was 33.8% in the very low group, 30.7% in the moderate group, and 35.2% in the high group. Similar patterns were observed for cardiovascular disease and heart failure, none of the favorable trends ever reached statistical significance.

 
This article was adapted from
http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryhusten/2015/01/19/how-much-salt-should-old-people-consume/
 
Claire says - time after time we see the medical community reshaping ideas about what we should eat.  This article was published in mid-January; today there was yet another discussion about food myths - this time reminding us that recommendations about low cholesterol diets are about to fall!
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