Cutting back on salt intake from current levels to 2,300 milligrams a day -- the upper end of the federal guideline -- could save 500,000 to 850,000 lives over the next 10 years, according to research published in the journal Hypertension. Even a more gradual reduction in salt content among restaurant and processed foods could save 280,000 to 500,000 lives in 10 years, largely by reducing the risks of heart attack and stroke.
Women who drank diet beverages were more likely than those who drank regular versions to develop diabetes, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers said the risk of diabetes was 15% higher among those who drank 500 milliliters per week of diet drinks and 60% higher in women who drank more than 1.5 liters per week.
Version 4.0 of the CONNECT open source tool was launched by the federal government to promote secure health data sharing. Updates in the new version include the ability to use CONNECT on several kinds of application servers as well as increased messaging volumes.
The rule defining “essential health benefits” under the Affordable Care Act is under final review by the White House. The rule, which also proposes a timeline for health plans to receive accreditation in health insurance exchanges, will take effect next January.
An Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position statement supports a total-diet approach to nutrition and warns that putting too much emphasis on specific foods as "good" or "bad" can cause people to give up efforts to make dietary improvements. New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle said the paper, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, "may be strictly correct," but it aligns the group with the food industry and may aid industry attempts to prevent government regulation of its products.