CDC Says Study Flawed
A low-salt diet doesn't prevent high blood pressure, but it does increase the risk of dying from strokes and heart attacks, say researchers. According to the New York Times, the CDC feels so strongly that the study is flawed that they criticized it in an interview, which is rare. The small observational study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, involved young subjects with an average age of 40 at the beginning of the study period. There were few cardiovascular events during the study, which involved only people without high blood pressure at the start. Dr. Peter Briss of the CDC told the New York Times that the study results may need to be "taken with a grain of salt."