Disease Proof

New Research: Cut Salt, Cut Cardiovascular Risk

Dr. Fuhrman doesn’t think consuming salt is a good idea. In fact, he’d have you cut it out completely. And research proves that’s a smart move. A new study shows ditching salt can also reduce cardiovascular risk. Eric Nagourney of The New York Times reports:
It seems obvious that it would, but in a new study, researchers offer what they say is some of the first good evidence that it really does.

The study, which appears online in The British Medical Journal, looked at two groups of people more than a decade after they were asked to reduce their salt intake for up to 48 months. There were more than 3,000 participants, 30 to 54, all of whom had a condition that put them at special risk for high blood pressure.

The researchers, led by Nancy R. Cook of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, found that those who had significantly reduced their salt intake had a 25 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Their risk of death from the disease was also cut, by as much as a fifth.
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