Daily intake of sodium and potassium among diverse US Hispanics/Latinos, the hispanic community health study/study of latinos

Tali Elfassy*, Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, Linda Van Horn, Sonia Angell, Neil Schneiderman, Tatjana Rundek, Leopoldo Raij, Sylvia W. Smoller, Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Martha L. Daviglus, David B. Hanna, Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri

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BACKGROUND: High sodium and low potassium consumption are risk factors for hypertension. The objectives of this study were to describe usual daily intake of sodium and potassium among US Hispanics/Latinos of diverse background groups and estimate the proportion meeting guidelines for dietary sodium and potassium intake. METHODS: We studied 16,171 participants of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a diverse group of self-identified Hispanics/Latinos aged 18-74 years from 4 US communities. In 2008-2011, all HCHS/SOL participants underwent a standardized examination. Median usual daily intake of dietary sodium and potassium were derived from two 24-hour diet recalls; standard errors and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using boot strap methods. Meeting 2015 US Department of Agriculture guidelines was defined as an intake of <2,300 mg/day of sodium and ≥4,700 mg/day of potassium. RESULTS: Among US Hispanics/Latinos, median usual daily intake of sodium was 2,574 mg (95% CI: 2,547, 2,600) among women and 3,747 mg (95% CI: 3,697, 3,796) among men. Median usual daily intake of potassium was 2,069 mg (95% CI: 2,046, 2,092) among women and 2,649 mg (95% CI: 2,615, 2,683) among men. Overall, only 21.3% (95% CI: 20.2%, 22.4%) of the US Hispanic/Latino population met 2015 recommendations for sodium and 0.6% (95% CI: 0.4%, 0.8%) for potassium. CONCLUSIONS: Among US Hispanics/Latinos intake of sodium is too high and potassium too low. Strategies to reduce sodium intake while simultaneously increasing intake of potassium in this US population are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)868-879
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Hypertension
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 14 2019


  • Hispanics
  • Latinos
  • blood pressure
  • hypertension
  • potassium
  • recommendations
  • sodium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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