Two techniques to improve adherence to dietary sodium restriction in the treatment of hypertension

Norman M Kaplan, M. Simmons, C. McPhee, A. Carnegie, C. Stefanu, S. Cade

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Abstract

To improve adherence to dietary sodium restriction, we validated two simple techniques for providing rapid and accurate estimates of urinary content - overnight urine collections and an immediate analysis of urine sodium content. These techniques were then applied in a trial with a group of patients with hypertension who were considered to be resistant to the adoption of dietary changes. After six months, 68% of the patients on the lower-sodium diet reduced their urine sodium content by one third or more. They had an 11-mg Hg fall in mean BP compared with a 3-mm Hg rise in the control group, who were not on a lower-sodium diet, and a lesser fall in plasma potassium levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1638-1641
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume142
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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