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what risks are associated with high daily sodium intake over time?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
High sodium intake: Patients who ingest a high sodium (na) diet run the risk of developing hypertension due to the retention of water caused by a high na intake. You are 36 years old and may not have high blood pressure (hbp). See your diet to get a diet that is not na rich and you may be able to delay your entry into a hypertensive state. If you need flavoring for your diet, try onion or garlic powder or pepper.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

How much sodium should one intake daily?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Normally, 2 grams: Salt is 40% sodium + 60% chloride. Let's talk salt (but realize the difference). 1 teaspoon salt=1.5 gm sodium, and some amount is in most foods (processed foods, canned, pickles, smoked/cured meats, sauerkraut etc. Very high). Max rec. Is 2.3gm, but americans consume 2.3 - 4.7 gms daily. If you have normal or low blood pressure and no family hx, 3 gms may be ok. If have hbp, chf, don't exceed 2g.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the daily sodium intake?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
2500mg/ day: Well, sodium intake is in the news quite a bit lately and the current consensus is somewhere around 2500mg/day...But i can tell you that many of us far exceed that limit too often...Canned food is a huge problem...I.E a tiny 11.5oz can of campbell bean/bacon soup contains 860mg of sodium..Thus 4 of these babies already exceeds that limit.. Eat well, stay healthy... Good luck.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Hello, what is the recommended daily intake of salt. Thank you?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Less than you get: The daily recommended amount is 2300 mg, unless you have htn/dm/kideney disease and then it is 1500 mg. The average amount for most americans is 3400 mg. Salt is essential for health, but too much causes problems. Our diets are the main culprits, especially processed food. The mayo clinic has a great link with more info: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/sodium/nu00284/.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What's the daily recommendation for sodium intake in a healthy person?

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Dr. Veeraish Chauhan
Nephrology and Dialysis 14 years experience
1500 mg a day: This is for a "low sodium diet". I have a comprehensive article on this here: http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton.Org/2013/04/diet-for-patients-with-kidney-disease.Html.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How could the average caveman consume his daily sodium intake?

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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
Varied diet: A varied diet with multiple sources. Avoid flying reptiles especially the pointy end.

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