The truth about salt intake and health over 60 95



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Information on the effects of salt consumption for older people is scarce, however one team of scientists has investigated it and found some very pleasing news. Salt intake was not associated with mortality or risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and heart failure (HF) in older adults based on self-reported estimated sodium intake, according to a study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

The study, lead by Andreas P Kalogeropoulos and her team from Emory University in Atlanta, looked at the association between dietary sodium intake and mortality in a group of 2,642 adults (men and women) who ranged in age from 71 to 80. The authors analysed 10-year follow-up data on the adults who were participating in this community-based study where dietary sodium intake was assessed at baseline with a questionnaire.

After 10 years, 881 of the participants had died, 572 had developed CVD and 398 had developed HF. Sodium intake was not associated with mortality, or new development of  CVD or HF, according to the study results.

“In conclusion, we observed that sodium intake estimated by FFQ [food frequency questionnaire] was not associated with mortality or risk for CVD and HF in a cohort of adults 71 to 80 years old.” Said Andreas.

This is welcome news, particularly because so many of us grew up with diets rich in sodium and it has been difficult to reduce our intakes to meet current dietary standards. So while there is need for further research, you can add that extra salt today knowing that it won’t increase your risk of dying, cardiovascular disease or heart failure!

Tell us, do you eat salt regularly? Have you ever tried to restrict your intake? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 


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  1. interesting article, I have always used salt, I have low blood pressure and having salt on meals does not seem to affect it either way, animals seeks salt out so it doesn’t seem to harm them. For me food without salt is bland

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    • I stopped using salt (blood pressure) and now find food is actually tastier, once you get used to it. I use Hymalayan salt when it’s a “must have” situation and it tastes better than other salts. Bought bottle of it from Aldi for $3 and it’ll last me a good 10 years I reckon.

    • I agree with you Libbi. I have always and will always use salt. I have tried food without salt and find it bland and tasteless. Can’t enjoy eggs or tomatoes or chips or most veggies unless they have salt on them.

    • Having cut back salt to just hot chips, now, when I’ts already added by someone else or to much in cooking, all I can taste is salt. Can’t taste the food…

  2. I love salt but have fluid retention so very careful, some foods like tomatoes I use a little. Herbs are a good replacement for flavor

  3. Grandpa put salt on everything,sugared most things, smoked all his life, didn’t mind a beer and loved tomato sauce. He was in his 90s when it all caught up with him. So be very careful what you eat.

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    • lmao my grandad too, he started smoking at 12 years old and lived to be 98 years old and loved a beer, someone forgot to tell him he might die young

    • As long as you do everything in moderation you should live a long life. Today everyone overdoes everything lol

    • Same with my dad. Smoked drank and died at 82. He never drove a car walked everywhere didnt take medication. Guess walking is the ans. And yes I put salt in my cooking

    • My dad is still here at 96, frail but healthy. Smoked, drank, and salted everything.. As he says, it might kill him one day….lol

    • My grandpa was 91 when he died. Started smoking age 10, enjoyed a glass of wine every lunchtime(main meal in Italy), drank lot’s of espresso coffee, loved his sweets and pastries, ate pasta everyday also fish and salads, never drove a car, also walked ‘fast’ everywhere.
      I was over visiting when he was 85, and walking with him, watching him literally light up one smoke after another and I dared to say “nonno, you are smoking too much and it’s not good for you”, well did I get a mouth full, and told to mind my own business.
      He took to his bed when my grandmother passed away and died of a broken heart.

  4. I don’t use salt in my cooking.I have a salt shaker on the table and can use it if i want.I weaned my self off heavy salt usage about 30 years ago.Did the same with sugar and don’t use that either but my husband unfortunately uses sugar replacement tablets.It takes time to get used to no salt or sugar but now i can taste the food rather than the condiments.

  5. Am sick of all these scientists coming up with flippant theories. Suggest put all these scientists on a Space rocket and hurtle them all to Mars. Your body needs salt in limited measure for bones and avoidance of cramps and a multitude of other benefits.

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    • well said ..they seem to have a theory for everything and most of it involves giving up things we like

    • There is salt in most foods including fruit without adding any. My husband has menieres disease and we were not adding salt to food back then. We have had to make all our own sauces etc and cook without salt or very low salt products. He now has it under control and we have our life back. We are both much more healthy. I have eaten the same diet and now don’t have high blood pressure like before. We were not and still are not overweight. Read Salt Matters the killer condiment by Dr Trevor Beard. This was the bible my husband used to control Ménière’s disease. No more vomiting, dizzy spells and being on the floor with no vision up to four times a day. He could not work. Specialists gave drugs, they did not help. Most people don’t want to know as they are not real interested in their health unless it’s popping tablets. Most companies don’t want to change there ways, salts a cheap preserver. No one cares about your health only you can make the difference.

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