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To: neverdem

About 25 years ago, I was administered a 24 hour urine renin test at the Cornell Hospital hypertension clinic. It consisted of my having to collect my urine for 24 hours and take it to Cornell for analysis. Based on that test (I actually took it twice), I was told that I was not “salt sensitive,” and that I did not need to restrict my salt intake.

The physicians there also told me that the majority of people do not need to restrict salt intake, but because there are a small number of people who do, and the 24 test is unwieldy and expensive, it’s easier, from a public health standpoint to simply advise people to reduce their salt intake.


13 posted on 06/08/2013 4:43:25 AM PDT by Salvey
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To: Salvey
About 25 years ago, I was administered a 24 hour urine renin test at the Cornell Hospital hypertension clinic. It consisted of my having to collect my urine for 24 hours and take it to Cornell for analysis. Based on that test (I actually took it twice), I was told that I was not “salt sensitive,” and that I did not need to restrict my salt intake.

The physicians there also told me that the majority of people do not need to restrict salt intake, but because there are a small number of people who do, and the 24 test is unwieldy and expensive, it’s easier, from a public health standpoint to simply advise people to reduce their salt intake.

Twenty-five years is a long time in medical research. Dr. Dean Ornish was considered "fringe" back then.

21 posted on 06/08/2013 7:37:25 AM PDT by Kennard
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