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Increasing salt intake puts you at high BP risk

Thu, Jul 30, 2015, 02:39 PM
Tokyo, July 30: Stressing for the need to maintain a lower salt diet over a lifetime, significant research has revealed that people who gradually increase the amount of salt in diets also face high blood pressure risk as people who habitually eat a high-salt diet.

In a Japanese study of more than 4,000 people who had normal blood pressure, almost 23 percent developed high blood pressure over a three year period.

Those who ate the most salt were the most likely to have high blood pressure by the end of the study.

Participants who gradually increased their sodium intake also showed gradually higher blood pressure.

At the conclusion of the study, the people consuming the least amount of sodium were consuming 2,925 mg per day and those consuming the most sodium were consuming 5,644 mg per day.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 1,500 mg sodium intake a day.
Agency: IANS

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