Sodium may not boost heart disease risk

May 22, 2008 in Healthy Eating, Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Sodium may not boost heart disease risk
Contrary to popular belief, eating a high sodium diet may not increase risk of death from heart disease, say investigators from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

In this new report, 8,700 adults from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) were studied over 30 years to compare death rates from heart disease against dietary intake of sodium.

People who consumed the lowest amount of sodium were 80 percent more likely to die from heart disease as compared to those who ate high sodium diets.

These results remained true after adjusting for other heart disease risk factors such as smoking, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

Given that many high sodium foods are also high in saturated or trans fats (e.g. French fries, pizza, processed cheese), it's possible that sodium isn't solely responsible for increased heart disease risk.

Many risk factors for heart disease - such as high cholesterol and excess body weight - are influenced by what you eat.  For help with nutrition strategies to lower your heart disease risk, check out Leslie Beck's Foods that Fight Disease.

This report was published online in the May 2008 edition of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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