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It has been consistently shown in research that elevated dietary sodium consumption is associated with high blood pressure and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, low levels of dietary potassium intake are associated with these same risks. However, there is some debate on how to characterize these relationships.
In a study published in European Heart Journal in July 2022, using data from the EPIC-Norfolk study, researchers attempted to answer whether the associations between potassium and both blood pressure and cardiovascular disease: 1) differ between men and women? and 2) depend on daily sodium intake.
In this episode Dr. Alan Flanagan and Danny Lennon discuss the details of this study and then link it to the overall evidence base and what this may mean for potassium (and sodium) intake considerations.
People In This Episode
- Background Context
- EPIC Cohort
- Study Design & Intake Assessment
- Results: Potassium & Sodium Intakes
- Results: Blood Pressure
- Results: Cardiovascular Disease
- Practical Application
- The study: Wouda et al., Eur Heart J. 2022 Jul 21;ehac313
- Episode #375: Salt, Sodium & Health
- Episode #415: Prof. Bruce Neal – Can Salt Substitutes Reduce Cardiac Events & Death?
Detailed Study Notes