Controversial new study suggests low-salt diet increases risk of death

Experts point out the study’s limitations, suggesting it’s flawed


A new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association has stirred up huge controversy by suggesting that low-salt diets increase the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes, and do not prevent high blood pressure. Even so, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have criticized it, which is unusual, the New York Times reports. They point out the study was small, its subjects were relatively young (with an average age of 40 at the start) and that it had few cardiovascular events, so it was hard to reach any conclusions. This study also goes against mounting evidence that higher sodium consumption ups the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study looked at 3,681 middle-aged Europeans who didn’t have high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease, following them an average of 7.9 million years. Investigators found that the less salt people ate, the more likely they were to die of heart disease.

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Controversial new study suggests low-salt diet increases risk of death

  1. If the study was to determine whether a salt-restricted diet, as opposed to normal salt intake, is harmful, it only stands to reason that it would be harmful. We require a correct balance of the electrolytes potassium and sodium in our bodies for proper muscle and neural function.

  2. "…following them an average of 7.9 million years. "
    wow! thats one heck of a long study!
    (of course when they fix that typo, this comment is going to be very out of place)

  3. "following them an average of 7.9 million years" ? someone did not get their java. I agree with the previous comment , there is low, normal and high. Usually both extremes are not good for anyone. The study must be funded by the salt lobby.

    • This has big salt all over it.

  4. It is increasingly clear that, in general, listening to nutritionists is bad for your health. as for me? I'll take this study with a pinch of salt.

  5. I applaud the publication of this new study as controversial as it is. New research and it's findings is paramount with respect to understanding the exigencies surrounding the human capacity.

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