Too much salt intake may not be associated with increased risks of developing cardiovascular diseases, according to a recent study. However, that does not mean that the scientists who discovered this disagree with the health recommendation regarding the daily salt consumption.
The study involved 2,400 participants and among the 881 who died after a period of ten years, the participants who said to have consumed less than 1,500 mg of salt daily had a mortality rate of 34%. This was compared to those who consumed and average of 1,500 to 2,300 mg of salt daily and had a mortality rate of 30%.
The participants who consumed more than 2,300 mg of salt a day had an increased mortality rate of 35%. Among the 1,900 participants who did not have any type of heart disease at the beginning of study, 29% of those who said to have consumed less than 1,500 mg of sodium had developed a heart disease by the end of the 10 year study period.
28% of the participants who had a sodium intake between 1,500 and 2,300 mg developed cardiovascular disease, while 30% of the people who consumed more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day developed a form of heart disease.
The new findings seem to contradict the federal government’s daily recommendation of salt intake, which says that everyone above the age of two should consume less than 2,300 mg of salt on a daily basis. The federal government also recommends that people who are above the age of fifty should eat less than 1,500 mg of salt a day.
However, despite what the recent study shows, one of the scientists involved in the study and its main author, Dr. Andreas Kalogeropoulos, said that they still need further research before coming to a conclusion that can change the current daily recommendation of salt intake.
Dr. Kalogeropoulos, professor of cardiology at the Emory University, added that he is not concerned the results of his study will have an unfavorable impact on the perception of the patients regarding salt intake, since the study did not reveal any clear benefits of a very low salt intake.
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