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Low-Salt Diets Heighten The Risk Of Cardiovascular Diseases, Heart Attacks

First Posted: May 23, 2016 06:04 AM EDT
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The researchers from McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences have discovered that having low-salt diets may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and death likened to average salt consumption.

Science Daily reports that the study involved 130,000 people from 49 countries. It was led by researchers from Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University. Andrew Mente, the lead author of the study and the principal investigator of PHRI said that these are essential findings for those who are suffering from high blood pressure. He further explained that their data highlights the significance of reducing high salt intake in people with hypertension; it does not support reducing salt intake to low levels. He added that their findings are valuable because they show that lowering sodium is best targeted at those with hypertension who also eat high sodium diets. The researchers said that whether people have high blood pressure, eating less salt is linked with more strokes, heart attacks and deaths compared to those who eat salt on the average.


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counsels the Americans to eat less than 2,300 milligrams a day. This suggests that the average Americans consumes 3,400 mg each day, according to Daily Mail. In Canada, the typical sodium intake is between 3,500 and 4,000 mg per day. On the other hand, some guidelines indicate the people to lower their salt intake to below 2,300 mg a day. The recent study shows that the risk associated with low-salt diet is classified as less than 3,000 mg each day. This is consistent regardless of a patient's blood pressure.

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