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May 15, 2013 09:55 AM

Institute of Medicine/CDC; lower salt guidelines not recommended; higher mortality cited

I've been saying this for 15 years, after reading that higher mortality risk happens with severe salt restriction. Even in patients expected to benefit the most.

"WASHINGTON -- Evidence is insufficient to conclude that lowering daily sodium intake below 2,300 mg per day either harms or improves cardiovascular outcomes and all-cause mortality, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) said Tuesday.

Available evidence suggests that low sodium intake may lead to higher risk of adverse events in patients with more advanced heart disease, an IOM report found."

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  1. I don't doubt you're right. But those who suffer from Meniere's syndrome don't have much choice if they hope to stay on their feet. Rock and a hard place for my husband.

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    1. re: Teddybear

      Very tough condition. Has your husband had a thorough evaluation of his endocrine status? I know it plays a role in tinnitus and Meniere's.

      1. re: mcf

        I will mention it to him -- but he has been through the gamut with a variety of specialists. Luckily, he has been fairly successful by watching his diet.