Contact: Suzanne Price
American Society for Nutrition
Salt reduction may offer cardioprotective effects beyond blood pressure reduction
New study in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
A study published in the February 2009 issue of the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows
that salt reduction may offer cardioprotective effects beyond blood
pressure reduction. The study was led by Kacie Dickinson of Flinders
University, South Australia.
"Reducing your salt intake
provides more benefit than a decrease in blood pressure," said ASN
Spokesperson Mary Ann Johnson, PhD. The study by Dickinson et al
provides "further evidence of the importance of decreasing sodium
intake to improve blood vessel health and reduce the risk of
cardiovascular disease, one of the leading causes of disability and
death in the U.S. These researchers showed that sodium reduction is
beneficial for people who have normal blood pressure and those who are
overweight or obese, and the benefits start in just a few weeks."
Johnson added, "Regardless of one's body weight or blood pressure,
sodium reduction offers many health benefits."
To obtain a copy of the study, please email [email protected]