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Lowering Salt Intake to Improve Health May Backfire, Institute of Medicine Panel Reports



5/15/2013 8:17:30 AM

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Lowering sodium intake, a drumbeat of doctors’ efforts to improve patient health, may have the opposite effect if taken to the extreme, scientists said. U.S. dietary guidelines to reduce sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day for certain people aren’t supported by enough scientific evidence, an Institute of Medicine panel said in a report yesterday. Studies reviewed by the panel didn’t prove health outcomes improved when salt consumption was cut to that level.

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