Surprising study: Not enough sodium leads to increased heart risk

Information for this post was obtained from a New York Times article.

Patients have long been advised to have a low sodium intake, especially those with heart disease. It’s undeniably true that too much sodium is bad for heart health. However, a new study in the Journal of American Medicine reveals that low sodium intake can also be detrimental to heart health.

From the New York Times:

Researchers conducted a study on 28,880 men and women over the age of 55 for about 5 years. The results of the study showed that a high sodium intake did in fact increase the risk for heart problems. Little did they know that a low sodium intake yielded the same results. Compared with those who excreted 4 to 6 grams of sodium daily, people who excreted 2 to 3 grams were at 19 percent greater risk for death from a cardiovascular event, and the less they consumed the greater their risk.

There is a sweet spot for salty intake, it turns out. Talk to your doctor about the amount of sodium intake that is right for you.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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