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For 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 …
The following is a guest post by Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Direction of Million Heartsâ„¢, 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 …
Retirement 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 percentage of boomers””73 percent””planning to postpone retirement longer than they thought has risen six percent since just this past spring. And new research shows that though cutting back on salt does lower blood pressure, it could increase other heart disease risk factors.
A 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