The recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report regarding dietary sodium1 has generated considerable interest and debate, as well as misinterpretation by advocates on both sides. Further discussion is necessary to inform the public and the health care community and to inform public health strategies for sodium reduction.
Article InformationCorresponding Author: Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 237 John Morgan Bldg, 3620 Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6055 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published Online: June 6, 2013. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7687.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: All authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none were reported.
Funding/Support: The work of this committee was funded by a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the IOM. No support was provided for the writing of this article.
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Additional Contributions: We thank the senior staff of the IOM Committee on the Consequences of Sodium Reduction in Populations, Ann L. Yaktine and Maria Oria, and the other committee members: Jamy Ard, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Nancy Cook, Mary Kay Fox, Niels Graudal, Jiang He, Stephen Kimmel, Alice Lichtenstein, and Myron Weinberger. We are also grateful to the IOM peer review process, overseen by the Report Review Committee, which resulted in a much improved report.