September 2002 Issue
A high-sodium diet increases the risk of congestive heart failure in people who are overweight, according to government data. Researchers tracked over 10,000 people, half of whom were overweight, for about 19 years. Overweight participants who consumed more than about 2,500 milligrams of sodium a day were 43% more likely to develop congestive heart failure by study’s end than overweight people who got less than about 1,200 milligrams a day.
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