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BMJ salt article

Here we go again--more anti-salt material. I just read a reference to an old British Medical Journal article on salt (24 Nov 2009). The BMJ article is here.

I haven't looked into the particulars yet, so I don't know if the numbers add up or not. I also tried to see if anyone posted a review on this site about the BMJ article. I didn't find anything.

Jim

Re: BMJ salt article

Bearing in mind what our Guru has written about the statistics of such studies, the risk ratios don't look all that persuasive to me. I've never been entirely convinced by the idea of metanalyses anyway.
Anecdotally, seeing the nonagenarian residents of my mother's care home shovelling the stuff on to their food by the spoonful (literally!) as they have no doubt done for years, I suspect the only danger can be to a specific section of the population who might be susceptible to salt overdose rather than a population-wide dose-dependent risk.