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122 Post author: RomeoStevens 28 February 2014 06:28AM

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Comment author: RomeoStevens 28 February 2014 08:28:44PM 2 points [-]

Differing takes on which evidence is more valid. Many studies say reducing salt is healthy. A few studies say it is unhealthy, and point to the fact that all the other studies actually say "salt reduces blood pressure" and that it turns out that in this particular case the reduction was not correlated to overall mortality. It would seem that reducing salt has detrimental effects that outweigh the blood pressure effect.

Comment author: [deleted] 02 March 2014 04:12:36AM 0 points [-]

Should people with hereditary low blood pressure ignore most of this advice / do the opposite?

For example it seems processed meats --> increased salt intake --> increased blood pressure --> increased mortality, which doesn't apply to people with low blood pressure.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 02 March 2014 04:18:14AM 0 points [-]

The causal pathway is not necessarily (in fact almost certainly not) exclusively via blood pressure, so I wouldn't do this.

Comment author: [deleted] 02 March 2014 07:15:51AM *  0 points [-]

What proportion of it is through blood pressure and could you elaborate on what the rest of the causal pathway is? Trying to decide whether it's worth cutting down on processed meats even though it may result in less protein intake overall (because I can't be bothered cooking / preparing non-processed meats).

Comment author: RomeoStevens 03 March 2014 05:22:16AM 2 points [-]

I wouldn't venture a quantification. Whey protein and eggs?