July 2008 Issue

Sodium Showdown: Lowering Elevated Blood Pressure Isn’t All About Salt

If you’re one of the 65 million Americans with high blood pressure (hypertension), you’re no doubt familiar with the advice to cut back on salt (40% of which is sodium). But, as you may know, that’s no easy task, especially if the goal is to limit your daily sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams—the recommendation for people with high blood pressure. But what you may not know is that research shows other changes also benefit blood pressure. So which matters more in the treatment of hypertension—limiting sodium or incorporating other diet and lifestyle changes? EN investigates.

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