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CAN WE BELIEVE A NEW STUDY THAT SALT MAY NOT BE THAT BAD FOR YOU? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Consuming a lot of dietary salt may not be as bad as many health experts have led us to believe, a recent study looking at sodium excretion and cardiovascular death implies. Thatís if youíre 40 years old or so, Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, responds.

MILLER: I think thatís a very important limitation to this study. First the mean age was around 40 to 41 years, so this is a young population. When you study a population that young, just the prevalence and the incidence of cardiovascular death and heart attacks is low to begin with, so youíre not seeing that many outcomes, which makes it hard to really study. The population was predominantly white Europeans. We know different groups of patients have different salt sensitivities. Some people their blood pressureís really sensitive to salt intake and others itís not, and that can be along racial lines.       :36

At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

 

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