Saturday, May 7, 2011

Salt Intake and Cardiovascular Health

Everything I thought I knew about nutrition and health is being turned on its head.  Now two recent studies conclude that lowering salt intake is a risk factor in cardiovascular disease.  Haven't we been told to limit our intake of salt?

The first study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded that lower salt intake was associated with higher cardiovascular disease mortality.

The second study concluded that a low salt diet increased insulin resistance in healthy subjects.  Insulin resistance is a risk factor for developing type II diabetes, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

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