Many Americans May Not Be Well Informed About Sea Salt, Red Wine

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/25, Preidt) reported that “most Americans have heard that red wine has health benefits, but many don’t understand the need to limit consumption, finds an American Heart Association survey.” Most “respondents also mistakenly believe that sea salt is a low-sodium alternative to table salt, the survey found.” Among “the 1,000 adults polled, 76 percent agreed with the statement that wine can be good for your heart, but only 30 percent knew the AHA’s recommended limits for daily wine consumption.”

Death Rate Among Americans With Hypertension May Be Declining

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/25, Goodwin) reported that “although the death rate among Americans with high blood pressure, or hypertension, has fallen since the 1970s, it still far exceeds the death rate for those with normal blood pressure,” according to a study published in Circulation. Investigators “looked at data on about 23,000 adults aged 25 to 74 from two national health surveys: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) I, which recruited participants between 1971 and 1975; and NHANES III, which enrolled adults between 1988 and 1994.” The “death rates among those with high blood pressure fell between the two time periods, from 18.8 per 1,000 person-years to 14.3 per 1,000 person-years.”

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/25, Nierenberg) reported that the rates were “still higher than in people with normal blood pressure.” The researchers also found that, “among women with high blood pressure, smaller declines in the death rate were found than those seen in men, even though a higher percentage of women were receiving treatment and, on average, they also had larger reductions in their blood pressure readings.”


Many Patients With Diabetes Wear The Wrong Footwear

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/22, Doheny) reported, “Many patients with diabetes fall short on foot care and footwear,” according to a study presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ meeting in California. For the study, which was “conducted in Lagos, Nigeria,” researchers “asked 41 patients with type 2 diabetes, on average about 57 years old, to answer questions about their footwear habits and foot care.” The researchers found that 68 percent of the patient’s footwear was inappropriate. About “56% told the researchers they always or occasionally walk around the house without shoes, which is not recommended. Nearly 15% did so outside, too.”