Low-Sodium Diet – Bad For You?
All of us have seen them… those occasional headlines on studies that assert that low-sodium diets are bad for you.
The media loves the “Say, What?!” appeal of these headlines. They generate a lot of clicks. But it’s important to get all the facts on sodium, and that’s what a superb new article in the New England Journal of Medicine does. It’s a real eye-opener. Get the article here.
Is a low-sodium diet bad for you? Or good for you? Headlines certainly vary. To clear up the confusion, leading scientists recently published an excellent article in the New England Journal of Medicine. After reading it, you'll never fall for the hype again.
“Dietary Sodium and Cardiovascular Disease Risk – Measurement Matters” was published in the June 1, 2016, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. It was written by leaders in public health, including Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director of the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention; and Barbara A. Bowman, PhD, Director of CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.
One key thing the article does is highlight the importance of methodology when studying the effects of sodium reduction.
And in surprisingly readable prose (you don’t have to be a scientist to understand a great deal of this article), it pokes holes into the same studies that got top billing in the popular press.
After reading this article, you’ll never fall for the hype again.
New England Journal of Medicine
Read the entire five-page article here. You’ll never fall for media headlines like “A Low-Sodium Diet Is Bad For You” again.
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