Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Clinical Research| Volume 32, ISSUE 3, P319-326, March 2016

Assessment of Dietary Sodium and Potassium in Canadians Using 24-Hour Urinary Collection



      Although salt intake derived from data on urinary sodium excretion in free-living populations has been used in public policy, a population study on urinary sodium excretion has not been done in Canada. We assessed dietary sodium and potassium intake using a 24-hour urine collection in a large survey of urban and rural communities from 4 Canadian cities and determined the association of these electrolytes with blood pressure (BP).


      One thousand seven hundred consecutive individuals, aged 37-72 years, attending their annual follow-up visits of the ongoing Prospective and Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study in Vancouver, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Quebec City, Canada, collected a 24-hour urine sample using standardized procedures.


      Mean sodium excretion was 3325 mg/d and mean potassium excretion was 2935 mg/d. Sodium excretion ranged from 3093 mg/d in Vancouver to 3642 mg/d in Quebec City, after adjusting for covariates. Potassium excretion ranged from 2844 mg/d in Ottawa to 3082 mg/d in Quebec City. Both electrolytes were higher in men than in women and in rural populations than in urban settings (P < 0.001 for all). Sodium excretion was between 3000 and 6000 mg/d in 48.3% of the participants, < 3000 mg/d in 46.7%, and > 6000 mg/d in only 5%. No significant association between sodium or potassium excretion and BP was found.


      Sodium consumption in these Canadians is within a range comparable to other Western countries, and intake in most individuals is < 6000 mg/d, with only 5% at higher levels. Within this range, sodium or potassium levels were not associated with BP.



      Bien que l’apport en sel provenant des données sur l’excrétion urinaire de sodium des populations d’individus autonomes ait été utilisé dans les politiques publics, aucune étude de population sur l’excrétion urinaire de sodium n’a été réalisée au Canada. Nous avons évalué l’apport alimentaire en sodium et en potassium à partir d’un recueil des urines des 24 heures dans une vaste enquête réalisée auprès de collectivités urbaines et rurales de 4 villes canadiennes et déterminé l’association de ces électrolytes à la pression artérielle (PA).


      Mille sept cents individus consécutifs âgés de 37 à 72 ans allant à leurs visites de suivi annuelles de l’étude PURE (Prospective and Urban Rural Epidemiology) en cours à Vancouver, à Hamilton, à Ottawa et à Québec, au Canada, ont recueilli des échantillons de leurs urines des 24 heures selon les protocoles standardisés.


      L’excrétion moyenne de sodium était de 3325 mg par jour et l’excrétion moyenne de potassium était de 2935 mg par jour. L’excrétion de sodium variait de 3093 mg par jour à Vancouver à 3642 mg par jour à Québec après l’ajustement des covariables. L’excrétion de potassium variait de 2844 mg par jour à Ottawa à 3082 mg par jour à Québec. Les deux électrolytes étaient plus élevés chez les hommes que chez les femmes et dans les populations rurales que dans les populations urbaines (P < 0,001 pour tous). L’excrétion de sodium était entre 3000 et 6000 mg par jour chez 48,3 % des participants, < 3000 mg par jour chez 46,7 % des participants et > 6000 mg par jour chez 5 % des participants seulement. Nous n’avons observé aucune association significative entre l’excrétion de sodium ou de potassium et la PA.


      La consommation de sodium chez ces Canadiens se situe dans une fourchette comparable à d’autres pays occidentaux, puis l’apport chez la plupart des individus était < 6000 mg par jour, seuls 5 % avaient des concentrations plus élevées. À l’intérieur de cette fourchette, les concentrations en sodium et en potassium n’étaient pas associées à la PA.
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