Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kresser: Salt 3

Low salt diets contribute to an increase in hormones and lipids in the blood. A 2012 study in the American Journal of Hypertension found that people on low-salt diets developed higher plasma levels of renin, cholesterol, and triglycerides. (5) The authors concluded that the slight reduction in blood pressure was overshadowed by these antagonistic effects, and that sodium restriction may have net negative effects at a population level.
In addition, low sodium intake is associated with poor outcomes in Type 2 diabetes. A 2011 study study showed people with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to die prematurely on a low-salt diet, due to higher all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. (6) Additionally, a 2010 Harvard study linked low-salt diets to an immediate onset of insulin resistance, a precursor to Type 2 Diabetes. (7) These studies call into question the appropriateness of guidelines advocating salt restriction for patients with Type 2 diabetes.

So tell me again why the "experts" keep saying that excess salt consumption is a huge public health issue?  

Between the cholesterol myths, saturated fat phobia, and high carb/high grain recommendations, the governments experts are zero for three and the public health is showing the results of this weird science.  Sometimes, it's difficult to believe it really happened this way.

For further reading, go here:
The (Political) Science of Salt

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