Dietary Sodium and Health: More Than Just Blood Pressure

Sodium is essential for cellular homeostasis and physiological function. Excess dietary sodium has been linked to elevations in blood pressure (BP). The mechanisms underlying sodium-induced increases in BP are not completely understood but may involve alterations in renal function, fluid volume, fluid-regulatory hormones, the vasculature, cardiac function, and the autonomic nervous system. Recent pre-clinical and clinical data support that even in the absence of an increase in BP, excess dietary sodium can adversely affect target organs, including the blood vessels, heart, kidneys, and brain. This presentation will review these issues and the epidemiological research relating dietary sodium to BP and cardiovascular health outcomes.

Dr. Farquhar is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware. He is trained as a human integrative physiologist, and his recent work focuses on the effect of diet and exercise on physiological function. His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health.


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Presenter

  • William B. Farquhar, PhD, FACSM