LEARNING OBJECTIVES: • Highlight evidence documenting effect of high sodium intake on high blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease
• Learn potential impact of reduction in sodium intake on health care costs
• Appreciate the sodium-potassium connection and how potassium intake can blunt the effects of sodium on high blood pressure
• Present strategies for reducing sodium and increasing potassium intake in the American population
• Familiarization with dietary reference intakes
Reducing sodium intake is widely accepted as a dietary consideration for improving health of many individuals by reducing the risk for high blood pressure. The unique role of potassium and its potential for reducing risk for high blood pressure is presented.
Thomas P. Martin, Ph.D., FACSM, RCEP, is a professor in the Health, Fitness, and Sport Department, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH. He serves as an expert in the areas of energy metabolism/nutrition, body composition, and weight management in ACSM’s media referral program. Dr. Martin is ACSM Exercise Test Technologist® certified and ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist® certified. His Web site is http://www.wittenberg.edu/˜tmartin.
Anastasia N. Fischer, M.D., is an assistant clinical professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Sports Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. She is a certified family practitioner and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and ACSM, where she is on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Regional Chapter.
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.