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What is the recommended sodium intake for a 65 year old female?

My client is 65 and trying to lose weight by cutting her caloric intake to 1200 per day but her sodium intake is 1800mg- what should it be? It seems to me she should decrease her sodium intake but not sure how much she needs.

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Sodium intake is a good concern to have as most Americans typically consume 3 to 4 times the recommended daily amount. However congratulations are in order here as you appear to be consuming amounts much closer to the actual recommended guidelines. Individuals over the age of 51, as well as those who are of African American descent (regardless of age) or currently have high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, should limit their intake of sodium to 1500 mg per day. And if you’re wondering who fits into this category, it’s actually about half of the entire United States. The other half of the population should strive to limit sodium intake to less than 2300 mg per day. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have placed sodium in the number one position for food components to reduce because of the complications associated with hypertension; heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure and kidney disease. Some interesting recent findings show that we actually get a majority of our sodium from sources other than the salt shaker as most comes from the processed and/or restaurant foods we eat (C.D.C., 2009). This isn’t to say we should be liberal with the salt shaker, but perhaps more aware of the other hidden sources of sodium such as canned or prepackaged foods, frozen entrées, or simple condiments like soy sauce, seasoning mixes, pickles, and olives. As Americans eat out more than ever before and rely on convenience foods in our busy lives, it’s no surprise our sodium intake is off the charts. We just need to make a more concerted effort to balance these meals with plenty of fresh fruits/veggies, minimize high sodium snacks, and of course- exercise.



Feb 05, 2013 - 08:31 AM

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