Study: Salt intake not associated with higher risk of mortality, CV disease in older adults.

TIME  (1/20, Sifferlin) reports that while “it’s currently recommended that adults aged 51 and older consume less than 1,500 mg of sodium a day for better heart health,” research  published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that “consuming up to 2,300 mg of salt isn’t associated with greater mortality, cardiovascular disease, or heart failure in older adults.”

Forbes  (1/20) contributor Larry Husten writes that investigators “analyzed 10-year followup data from 2,642 adults between 71 and 80 years of age who participated in an observational study and who had their sodium intake assessed based on a food frequency questionnaire filled out in the second year.” Husten writes, “No significant relationship was found between sodium intake and mortality or the development of cardiovascular disease or heart failure.”

Modern Healthcare  (1/20, Johnson, Subscription Publication) points out that “in an interview with the Associated Press last June, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said the agency was looking to issue voluntary standards for the amounts of salt that food companies and restaurant add to their products “relatively soon,” but did not lay out a more exact timetable.” The FDA “said in 2013 it hoped to have such guidelines published by 2014.” HealthDay  (1/20, Reinberg) and MedPage Today  (1/20, Wallan) also cover the story.

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