Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as salt intake level — that affect you. Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.
Salt consumption. How much added salt (salt that is not already in the food) and salty foods/snacks do you eat on average?
Possible responses:→ None
→ Very little, I try to avoid it
→ Average / don't know
→ Above average
→ A lot - I usually add salt and enjoy salted foods
Excess Salt Consumption also suggests the following possibilities:
August 25th, 2011: A study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging has found that elderly people who have salt-rich diets and exercise little suffer quicker mental decline. Just over a teaspoon (7.7gm) of salt a day can dull the mind and raise the risk of Alzheimer's, the study suggests.
The team from the University of Toronto tracked salt consumption and physical activity of 1,262 healthy men and women aged between 67 and 84 over a three-year period. They also assessed the mental health of the participants at the start of the study and once a year for the duration.
The good news is that sedentary older adults showed no cognitive decline over the three years if they had low sodium intake.