The dangerous anti-salt lie could be deadly…
The CDC asked three research teams to “crunch some numbers” from sodium studies. Looking for negative news on salt intake, the researchers did their best to deliver the results. Since they couldn’t give any actual results, they came up with some made-up math and some crazy recommendations.
Every American should cut sodium intake by more than half. In 10 years, this would prevent 1.2 million premature deaths.
I’m not sure where the 1.2 million number came from. It could either be fairy dust or out of thin air.
This sharp focus on the dangers of salt actually risks making us LESS healthy. In fact, these recommendations could actually be putting our lives in danger. Especially for the elderly.
Here is what we do know…..
- A large 2011 study linked lower salt intake with higher heart disease mortality.
- Three different trials tested low-sodium diets on patients with kidney disease and heart failure. Results linked the diets to higher risk of cardiovascular events and death.
- German research shows that low blood levels of sodium is common among the elderly. Symptoms include fatigue, confusion, and poor balance. But doctors usually just dismiss these symptoms as problems of old age.
The late Robert C Atkins, M.D., knew that high blood pressure wasn’t a high sodium problem.
In his “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution” he cited numerous studies that came to this conclusion… You can lower blood pressure simply by increasing potassium intake. No reduction in sodium is necessary unless a patient’s intake is unreasonably high.
Even a serious mainstream source backs up Dr. Atkins’ claim.
According to The American Journal of Hypertension, there is no strong evidence that cutting salt intake reduces risk of heart attack or stroke.
Seems to me the only thing we need to cut in half is the amount of our tax dollars the CDC spends on bad advice.
Sources: “Cutting salt could save hundreds of thousands of lives, study says” Melissa Healy, LA Times, 2/11/13, latimes.com
“European Geriatrics Congress: Low Salt Diet a Danger for Elderly” European Geriatrics Congress News Release, 9/20/04, prnewswire.co.uk
“Fatal and Nonfatal Outcomes, Incidence of Hypertension, and Blood Pressure Changes in Relation to Urinary Sodium Excretion” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 305, No. 17, 5/4/11, jama.ama-assn.org