Thursday, July 7, 2011

Reducing Salt Intake Does Not Lower Mortality Rate

From Bloomberg, "Consuming Less Salt Doesn’t Lead to Lower Mortality Rate, Researchers Say" by Robert Langreth:
No strong evidence exists that advising people to eat less salt or putting them on a low-salt diet reduces their death rate or cuts cardiovascular events, an analysis of seven studies found.

The report combined the results of seven previous randomized clinical trials that looked at the effects of lowering salt consumption in 6,250 people with normal and high blood pressure. While patients in the reduced-salt groups lowered their blood pressure, there was no significant difference in mortality rates, according to the analysis published yesterday in the American Journal of Hypertension.

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