Healthy Diet Does Not Offset High Intake of Salt

Researchers reveal that people consuming high amounts of salt will have high blood pressure even if they follow an overall healthy diet, according to a study conducted on March 5, 2018.

4,000 people were included in the study and diets of these people were analyzed. It was observed that people who consumed large amounts of salt had high blood pressure in spite of following an overall healthy diet. Scientists are now giving advice to people about monitoring the amount of salt intake and asking the food manufacturers to reduce the amount of salt in their products. High salt intake can increase the risk of conditions such as heart attack and stroke.

Diets of 4,680 people between the ages of 40 to 59 were analyzed by the scientists. They were tracked by the scientists for over four days. They also recorded the height, weight and blood pressure measurements. Later, concentration of sodium and potassium in samples of urine of several volunteers were assessed by the researchers. Salt mainly constitutes of sodium and potassium in green leafy vegetables help to reduce blood pressure.

In the U.K., salt intake of 6g a day is recommended for adults, which is almost a teaspoon. Above the recommended amount, blood pressure is expected to increase. Systolic pressure and diastolic pressure are the two numbers in which blood pressure is measured.

As this study was conducted using data which was only collected over four days, they look forward to conducting studies with more number of people. This study can be used to develop new devices for the treatment of blood pressure and thereby, will increase the growth of electrical stimulation blood pressure treatment devices market, as elaborated in the electrical stimulation blood pressure treatment devices market report published by Coherent Market Insights.

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