Skip to comments.Study: "Disappointly weak" link between salt and high blood pressure
Posted on 12/06/2012 5:15:19 PM PST by shove_it
For decades table salt has been on a healthy hearts most wanted list. Believing its responsible for skyrocketing blood pressure, Americans have banned salt from tables and stripped it from recipes.
But new research says salt just might deserve a bit of a reprieve.
The link between salt and blood pressure is thought to date back to the 1940s when Duke University researcher Walter Kempner, M.D., became famous for using salt restriction as a means to treat people with high blood pressure. During the next few decades, studies confirmed Kempners theory that reducing salt could help reduce hypertension.
A Controversy is Born
Despite history, a brand new review of several studies from the past few decades related to blood pressure and salt intake suggests Kempner wasnt rightthat salt might not have as much of an effect on blood pressure and heart health as suspected.
The team leading the review published in the December 2012 Health Affairs pored over dozens of studies, some dating back to 1967, and said they were unable to find a link between salt intake and a risk for high blood pressure...
(Excerpt) Read more at health.yahoo.net ...
No surprise there. As someone with hypertension, I no longer use salt, although dining out can be a problem as restaurants just love to put salt in their meals to improve the taste.
Just the same, eliminating all the salt over which I had control did absolutely nothing in terms of lowering my blood pressure.
I agree. I believe our bodies know when we need salt and/or sugar and have a built in electrolite meter. If we didn’t....why would we ever want something to drink or something salty or something sweet??
Dad had HBP since age 40, I have HBP since age 40. He’s in his 80’s, me in my 50’s. I can guarantee you salt has nothing to do with it!
That’s why they call it medical PRACTICE!
Someone notify Bloomingidiot.
My Doc told me to lay off salt because of HBP. 6 months later I went back and informed him I was tired all the time. After the blood test he told me my sodium level was to LOW.
Unfortunately my BP had not dropped. It’s all BS.
There was a particular 30 yo USAF pilot with HIGH bp sustained. Needed to reduce it by orders. Could bench press some ridiculously high amount, ran many miles daily.
He threw out all canned and processed food and stopped lifting weights. Started reading preventive med literature a whole other world. Started taking vits, minerals and lots of produce. I surmised that if salt were a culprit then other minerals naturally occuring in normal food would counteract it.
Never took the anti salt hing seriously, just decreased it to moderate or little.
It worked very well.
Wasn't he on Hogan's Heroes?
Almost all of the nutritional recommendations given to us by the progressives controlling academia and our bureaucracies has been wrong.Beware mono and poly unsaturated vegetable oils.
Fascinating. Thanks for the link.
You’re welcome. I found it very interesting too. Inflammation seems to be a key factor and that makes sense.
Everything in moderation.
I have had heart surgery for several issues. I am also a diabetic and I have bad lungs. That’s the short list.
I do the best to simply stay with moderation in all things. I miss the fruit and juices the most, but I still sin, but only in moderation.... half an orange or 8 grapes.
I continue to use ‘some’ sea salt.
When God wants me, He will take me.
Hmmm. To treat high blood pressure, my Cleveland Clinic doctor just put me on the Dash diet, which restricts sodium to under 1500 mg. per day. Not at all easy to follow.
Which suspicions?? That it was all a bunch of hooey, or that the Control Nannies on the Left are disappointed that the word will get out?