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Too Much Sodium in Your Kid's Diet?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure - even in kids. Learn where most of the extra sodium is hidden.
Air Date: 7/31/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Stephen R. Daniels, MD
Steve DanielsStephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD, held numerous academic and clinical appointments at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital before joining the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2006 as a Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. He is also the Pediatrician-in-Chief and L. Joseph Butterfield Chair in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Dr. Daniels' area of expertise is in preventive cardiology, with a longtime interest in the application of sophisticated epidemiologic and biostatistical methods to pediatric clinical research problems. His studies have focused on better understanding the causes of blood pressure elevation and cholesterol abnormalities in children and adolescents, particularly the role that obesity may play in these health issues. He has also researched the development of structural and functional abnormalities in the heart and vascular system, including cardiovascular abnormalities occurring in pediatric patients with diabetes mellitus, as well as the relationship of left ventricular hypertrophy to obesity and hypertension. The role of lifestyle factors, such as diet and physical activity, is central to many of Dr. Daniels' studies.

Dr. Daniels has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Pediatrics since 1995. He is co-author of Medical Epidemiology, an introductory textbook for medical students, and co-author and editor of the book Pediatric Prevention of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.
Too Much Sodium in Your Kid's Diet?
Do your kids get too much sodium in their diets?

Could this be putting them at risk for high blood pressure?

How much sodium is actually OK for your children?

What are the most common sources of sodium in kids' foods?

Do you know where so much of the extra sodium you ingest is hidden?

Dr. Stephen R. Daniels, MD, expert Cardiologist and Chair of the AAP Committee on Nutrition joins Melanie Cole, MS, and shares some tips for parents to avoid too much sodium in family meals and snacks.
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