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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Salt Intake and Osteoporosis
Is there any reason why a woman with severe osteoporosis should cut back her salt intake? I have heard that salt tends to slow down the body`s ability to send calcium to the bones. Is this true?
There has been at least one report suggesting that a high salt (sodium) diet causes increased bone loss in postmenopausal women (Evans. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 51:394-399, 1997.)It would probably be prudent to add salt sparingly, especially as many prepared foods already have salt in them.
Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati