or Stroke Risk for Dying Increased by a Low-Salt Diet
February 22nd, 2006
A long term study
showed that people who said they limited their salt intake were 37% more
likely to die from coronary heart disease or a stroke when compared with
those who ate more than the US recommended daily allowance of 2,300
milligrams a day (approximately a teaspoon of salt.) The researcher’s
report was first published online in today’s issue of The American
Journal of Medicine.
the Albert Einstein College of Medicine studied data of interviews of
people’s dietary habits from 1976 through 1980. The survey data was
based purely on what a person remembered eating in their diet. Each
person may be affected differently by the consumption of salt. It still
may be good to restrict salt in a diet for some people. Further
research would need to pinpoint if salt intake needs to be more or less
and if some people are not able to handle salt in their diet as well.
After at least 13
years passed since the surveys were first completed there were 1,343
deaths out of 7,154 people. There were 541 deaths in this group that
had died from cardiovascular disease. Those that ate less than 2300
milligrams of salt a day had a higher chance of dying from
cardiovascular reasons compared to those that ate more salt. The
researchers did not find any ethnic group, age group, or obesity groups
that showed any benefit for a low-salt diet.
The data analyzed
does not offer absolute proof that more salt is good for heart health or
if limiting salt intake is bad. Because the people were interviewed by
what they ate there is a lot of estimation of how much salt they ate.
Also too much salt intake can be hazardous to anyone’s health. It is
important to stay close within the RDA recommendation of salt intake.
This study may prompt further investigation by the government agency to
re-evaluate the recommended daily allowance for salt.
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