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Cut the Salt for Better Health

Large meta-analysis fingers salt intake and risk of stroke and heart disease.

Almost all adult populations around the world consume at least 6 grams of salt per day. A wealth of evidence points to significant health risks associated with excess salt consumption. International recommendations for salt intake is less than 1 teaspoon (5-6 grams) daily. A recent meta-anhalysis of the results of 19 independent cohort samples with 177, 025 participants followed for up to 19 years has shown high salt intake is strongly associated with stroke and cardiovascular disease.

PositiveTip: Going easy on the salt will lower your risk for hypertension, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Putting the salt shaker away may extend your life!

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Sodium Restriction Helps Resistant Hypertension

Got resistant hypertension? Maybe you should shun the salt shaker!

Resistant hypertension--elevated high blood pressure despite the use of three or more antihypetensive medications--is fairly common, and frustrating to both patient and physician. A small, randomized crossover trial of 12 such patents has demonstrated the effectiveness of a low-sodium diet. The low sodium diet had only 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and the high sodium diet contained 7.5 teaspoons of salt. Systolic and diastolic pressures were significantly lowered by 22.7 mmHg and 9.1 mmHG, respectively, while on the low-sodium diet.

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Putting the Salt Shaker Down Could Save the US $18 Billion Annually

Pass on the salt shaker--it could save us all $18 billion per year!

Reducing the average intake of sodium in Americans' diets to the recommended amounts could save the nation $18 billion annually in avoided health care costs and improve the quality of life for millions according to new research conducted by the RAND Corporation. If all Americans met the national sodium guidelines 11 million cases of high blood pressure could be eliminated. In addition, the researchers estimated that meeting sodium consumption guides would save 312,000 quality adjusted life years each year. This is a research measurement that adjusts increased longevity for the relative healthiness experienced during additional years of life.