By Dr. Janet Brill
Dr. Janet has written on the importance of lowering salt intake and the article has been published in Health News Digest.
As a recent expert committee report from the esteemed Institute of Medicine (IOM) stated that there was no reason for anyone to keep their sodium intake below 2,300 milligrams a day; Dr. Janet clearly states that this report is sure to have deadly consequences for the masses of Americans with unhealthy blood pressure levels.
Here are the excerpts from the article:
“High blood pressure is the single risk factor responsible for the largest number of preventable deaths in this country. Adding insult to injury, high blood pressure doesn’t only affect our nation’s health–it also affects our wallets. Projections show that by 2030, the total cost of high blood pressure will increase to an estimated $343 billion. Let me emphasize a well-known fact, years of excess sodium intake will lead to a diagnosis of high blood pressure in most people.”
“The American Heart Association, on the other hand, recommends that ALL of us aim for consuming a maximum of just 1500 mg of sodium per day. And yet the average sodium intake in the United States is about 3,400 milligrams a day.”
“So why would the IOM come out with these new recommendations?”
“Why not address the fact that lowering salt in the diet has been proven to significantly lower high blood pressure? An enormous body of scientific evidence clearly documents that excess salt in the diet is a major cause of hypertension and that reducing sodium consumption to under 2300 mg/day lowers blood pressure significantly, and to 1500 mg/day lowers pressure even more.”
Read the rest of the article here: Health News Digest