Too little salt linked to death and fracture risk

Nonsense advice most patients hear in the exam room, and I’m sure you’ve heard it often enough from your own medico.

Stop eating salt!

Well, I’ve got news for you: The low-sodium diet your doc has been trying to cram down your throat won’t lower your blood pressure – and a new study confirms what I’ve been saying all along.

Low sodium diets can kill you.

And if you do manage to survive, your bones might not be so lucky.

In the new study, researchers examined the records of more than 5,200 Dutch men and women over the age of 55, and found that about 8 percent of them had low sodium levels.

These seniors who were low in sodium – no doubt dutifully obeying their doctor’s orders – had a 61 percent increased risk of spinal fracture, a 39 percent increased risk of non-spinal fracture, and a 21 percent increase in the risk of dying during the six-year study period.

Even worse, these weren’t patients with dramatically deficient levels of sodium – they were just a little on the low side. The researchers called it “mild” hyponatremia during their presentation at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting.

And if that’s what “mild” hyponatremia will do to you, imagine the damage that could accompany the strict low-salt diet pushed by so many doctors.

Now wonder seniors are in such bad shape!

Death and broken bones aren’t the only risks that could come from obeying your doctor’s worst orders. Low levels of sodium can also cause nervousness, muscle cramps, urinary incontinence, and even hallucinations.

But the biggest risk of all is culinary: Without salt, you would suffer from dull and lifeless meals.

Salt tablets are taken in bucketfulls in hot desert type countries to overcome salt loss and excessive sweating. We need salt in our system, so where is the cutoff point?

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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