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Higher sodium intake may increase lightheadedness: Study

Higher sodium intake may increase lightheadedness, rather than preventing it, according to a US study that challenges traditional recommendations to treat the condition. Lightheadedness with standing, otherwise known as postural lightheadedness, results from a gravitational drop in blood pressure and is common among adults. While mild in many adults, it has been cited as an important contributing factor in some harmful clinical events, such as falls, according to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension. As a result, greater sodium intake is widely viewed as an intervention for preventing lightheadedness when moving from seated to standing positions, researchers said. However, contrary to this recommendation, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in the US found that higher sodium intake, when studied in the context of the DASH-Sodium trial (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), actually increases lightheadedness. These findings challenge ..

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