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Offline samjohn

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Lowest salt intake had the worst cardiovascular outcomes.
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:00:26 PM »
The benefits of reduced sodium chloride consumption have long been accepted, but some experts say this should be taken with a grain of, well, salt. Mark Whittaker meets those shaking up accepted medical thought.

Any diabetic with high blood pressure who walks into George Jerums' Melbourne clinic will get the standard advice: if their salt intake is high, they should halve it. This is despite the fact that when Professor Jerums and his former PhD student, Dr Elif Ekinci, studied the salt intake of 638 elderly type-2 diabetics who went through his clinic at Heidelberg's Austin Health, they found that those who ate less salt were significantly more likely to die.
What we found was the people with the lowest sodium intake had the worst cardiovascular outcomes. 

After 10 years, it emerged that for every extra 2.3 grams of sodium (equal to about a teaspoon of salt) in their urine over a day, their risk of dying fell by 28 per cent. Even though those who ate more salt tended to be fatter, fewer died from "all causes" and, contrary to what we've been told about the dangers of salt to the heart, fewer died from heart disease and stroke.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/salt-wars-20121126-2a25t.html#ixzz2DxDSpMy9

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Lowest salt intake had the worst cardiovascular outcomes.
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2012, 01:09:49 PM »
Very interesting link, thanks.


Offline Paleo Curmudgeon

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Re: Lowest salt intake had the worst cardiovascular outcomes.
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2012, 10:54:31 AM »
I asked here a while back if the war against salt was like the war against fat.  Most people feel paleo was naturally lower in salt. But, perhaps not.   Cave people in the pale era could of sought natural source of salt. 

Also anyone own horses?  Horses are vegans (usually non primate vegas are called herbivores). However, many people I l know in this area (I live in rural 'horse country') put a 'salt lick' in their horse corral to supplement the horse's salt and mineral intake.

One method that indigenous peoples used for hunting was to watch natural salt licks for wild game to show up.

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Re: Lowest salt intake had the worst cardiovascular outcomes.
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2012, 02:58:14 PM »
We put salt licks out for the cattle every now and then. They don't last long.