Salt Shake-Up: Low-Salt Push May Be Unhealthy

Posted on 05/17/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor years we’ve been told to slash our sodium consumption to protect against strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure. But now an influential committee says there’s no scientific evidence that a very low-salt diet cuts the risk of heart disease. In fact, the new Institute of Medicine report says that cutting sodium to 1,500 milligrams (mg) daily — the current government recommendation for older adults (ages 51 and up), African Americans and those with diabetes, high blood pressure and …

Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke by Controlling Your Blood Pressure

Posted on 05/1/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Direction of Million Hearts™, a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a practicing cardiologist for almost 25 years, I often met men and women for the first time when they suffered a serious and life-threatening event—a heart attack or stroke. I enjoyed being part of a team that used its skills to minimize damage and offer hope for a healthier future, and …

The Takeaway: 2011′s Low-Profile Retirement Trends; Sodium’s Dangers Mitigated By Potassium

Posted on 12/27/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayRetirement savers, take heed—these developments may not have made major headlines in 2011, but they’re still important to your retirement planning efforts. And while a diet high in sodium does increase heart disease risk, even more important is the ratio of sodium to potassium in your diet.

The Takeaway: Majority of Older Americans Get Too Much Salt; Social Security COLA and the Working ‘Retired’

Posted on 10/21/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayA new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most Americans still consumer too much sodium, despite the fact that we should all know better. And the Social Security Administration has also bumped up the limits on the amount working ‘retirees’ can earn without seeing a cut in Social Security benefits

Reducing Salt: Maybe You Don’t Have To

Posted on 05/4/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWasn’t it just a few months ago that the federal government was telling the 50-plus crowd to cut waaay back on our salt intake because of blood pressure and heart disease risks? Which is what makes today’s research news so stunning: A new European study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that healthy people who ate a low-sodium diet were more likely to die from heart disease than those who ate heavily salted food. In other …