Low-salt diet may be worse for heart

June 5, 2008 9:13:34 AM PDT
A surprising new study suggests a low-sodium diet may be worse for your heart than eating lots of salt. Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that people who eat the least salt suffer from the highest rates of death from cardiac disease. They looked at a federal health survey of about 8,700 Americans between 1988 and 1994.

Even after taking into account cardiac factors like smoking and diabetes, they found 25 percent of those who ate the least salt were 80 percent more likely to die of cardiac disease than the 25 percent who ate the most salt.


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