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Salt is Not the Most Important Factor in High Blood Pressure for Some

Salt is Not the Most Important Factor in High Blood Pressure for Some

Nutritional recommendations occasionally change as we get more data about what is really bad for us. As one example, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently changed their recommendations by announcing that eating foods containing cholesterol is not necessarily bad for us as doing so has not been scientifically linked to higher levels of cholesterol in the body. This committee convenes every five years and has a powerful influence on dietary habits in the United States. Now there is a report from OrGano Gold CEO Bernardo Chua of another substance we thought was bad, but that may be acceptable, at least for adolescents, to consume.

Salt has been as demonized as cholesterol these past couple decades. Americans do get too much sodium in general, and it is still recommended to cut down salt in our diets. There is new research, however, that indicates teenagers should worry about getting more potassium rather than not getting too much sodium. The eating habits and blood pressure of over 2,000 teenage girls were tracked for 10 years. The results showed that those who followed a low-salt diet in their adolescent years were just as likely to get high blood as those who did not. Students that ate a diet rich in potassium during these years, however, had lower blood pressure on average a decade later. Yet another instance of conventional wisdom being turned on its head, and now we need to tell teenagers to eat more bananas and raisins if they care about their health.

When You Eat Out You Raise Your Risk For High Blood Pressure

When You Eat Out You Raise Your Risk For High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is currently the main risk factor that is associated with cardiovascular disease associated death. When a person has high blood pressure the force of the blood pushing up against the walls of the blod pressure.
od vessels increases and the heart works harder. This can lead to heart failure, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, aneurysms and more. Bernardo Chua has read that there are currently approximately 70 million adults and even 2 million children living in the United States that have high blood pressure.
A number of studies have recently been done that show a person who eats out at a restaurant is consuming more calories, more saturated far and a higher sodium level. These three things can lead to high blood pressure. People who eat at home have a better control over what they are eating, how it is prepared, etc. During these studies people’s body mass index, lifestyle, diet and activity levels were all looked at. The result was that the more a person eats away from the home, the more at risk they are for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. These studies were done with adults in mind but the same likely holds true for children as well. Fast food, pizza, junk food and poorly balanced school lunches can all contribute to a child having high blood pressure. The earlier you deal with this in life, the harder it is to control later on.