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Recent Study Shows Cutting Sodium May Have More Health Benefits

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A recent study reported in the Hypertension medical journal reveals that cutting sodium consumption could yield more health benefits than research previously identified.

Three separate research studies were performed to analyze the effects of a sodium reduction on the U.S. population over 10 years. One group tracked the cardiovascular disease mortality rates while the other two groups tracked the effects on blood pressure with randomized controlled trials of blood pressure medications or epidemiological studies.

The scenarios showed how a reduction of sodium in the population’s diet over 10 years would affect these conditions under three scenarios: a 40 percent gradual reduction; a 40 percent instant reduction to 2,200mg per day; and an instant reduction to 1,500mg per day. An instant reduction to 1,500mg of sodium per day would be expected to up to a 20 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease deaths.

Even a gradual reduction of sodium was expected to decrease total mortality rates by at least 1.5 percent, leading researchers to agree that sodium reduction is beneficial in the average American diet. According to Dr. Pamela Coxson, one of the lead researchers, “These findings strengthen our understanding that sodium reduction is beneficial to people at all ages. Even small, gradual reductions in sodium intake would result in substantial mortality benefits across the population.”

Sodium Reduction May Help Decrease Risk of Disabling Conditions

Heart disease is one of the many conditions that may cause direct disabilities and related health events that result in other disabling conditions. Consuming high levels of sodium has been known to increase risk of hypertension which can lead to other health complications or increase the severity of existing conditions such as diabetes.

Reducing sodium intake by making dietary changes may help reduce the risk of many cardiovascular diseases including heart attack and stroke. Your dietary health is one of the many factors that may contribute to your risk of developing a disabling condition that may prevent you from working and performing substantial gainful activity.

If you are suffering from a disabling condition and are unable to continue working, you may be eligible for long-term disability benefits. Contact Disability Help Group to learn about your rights to disability benefits. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.