Sunday, June 30, 2013

Limiting yourself to the amount of salt intake will harm your health.

Salt is one of the most important nutrients, yet modern medicine has been demonizing it for decades. Now, though, even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) must admit that they’ve had it wrong. They commissioned a study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the results are clear: Reducing salt intake is almost always a bad idea.

The committee found no evidence for benefit and some evidence suggesting risk of adverse health outcomes associated with sodium intake levels in ranges approximately1,500 to 2,300 mg/day among those with diabetes, kidney disease, or CVD. The average American takes in 3,400 mg of salt a day, about 1½ teaspoons. The federal guidelines once stated that it should be brought down to less than 2,300 mg a day. It’s a good thing that people have not been following their doctors’ advice, because it would have been killing them. Low sodium intake may lead to adverse effects in people with mid- to late-stage heart failure who are receiving aggressive treatment for their disease.

At some point, you’d think that the truth about salt would sink in, but it never seems to happen. In fact, the page on which the CDC announces the new IOM report—which they
commissioned—shows absolutely no indication that there will be any rethinking of their salt reduction recommendations.

But a few of the population should keep sodium below 1,500 mg per day. Age over 51, have high blood pressure, who have severe & uncontrolled diabetes and chronic kidney diseased patients. Some evidence indicates that 1,500 to 2,300 mg of salt a day may have an adverse effect on people with diabetes, kidney disease, or heart disease.

Recent research has never documented that salt is harmful. It is, instead, a necessary nutrient. In most people, the ability to regulate salt is a simple matter that’s managed by your kidneys. Yes, too much salt is harmful, but very few people eat that amount. But public health agencies and doctors have latched onto the salt reduction mantra so firmly that it’s become equivalent to a thou-shalt-not. But it isn’t, as genuine research has shown again and again. So, it’s up to you to decide how to manage your health.

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