Gene study could help heart patients cut craving for salt
Scientists have shed light on why some people crave salty food, even when they know it can seriously damage their health. The findings suggest it could soon be possible to offer heart disease patients a medicine that helps them manage their salt intake and curb the adverse effects of high blood pressure. Ref. Source 7m.
Salts in the brain control our sleep-wake cycle
A new epoch-making discovery has been made, which may prove decisive to future brain research. The level of salts in the brain plays a critical role in whether we are asleep or awake. This discovery may be of great importance to research on psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia and convulsive fits from lack of sleep as well as post-anaesthetization confusion, according to experts. Ref. Source 8e.
While a little salt is nice I don't understand the addiction to it because the side effects are uncomfortable: you want to drink more and thus pee more. You also tend to look bloated because salt retains water.
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Low-salt diets may not be beneficial for all, study suggests
A large worldwide study has found that, contrary to popular thought, low-salt diets may not be beneficial and may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death compared to average salt consumption. The study suggests that the only people who need to worry about reducing sodium in their diet are those with hypertension (High blood pressure) and have high salt consumption. Ref. Source 6o.
Higher salt intake may increase risk of cardiovascular disease among patients with chronic kidney disease
Scientists have evaluated more than 3,500 participants with chronic kidney disease, examining the association between urinary sodium excretion and clinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. Ref. Source 7w.
Kids continue to consume too much salt, putting them at risk
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, kills more than 800,000 Americans each year. We know that too much salt may contribute to high blood pressure and increased cardiovascular risk. According to a new study, American children are consuming sodium at levels that far exceed the daily recommended limit. Taste preferences for high sodium foods, formed as children, follow individuals into adulthood and put them at increased risk for developing cardiovascular problems later in life. Ref. Source 6g.
I wouldn't mind salt on my food but sometimes I don't even notice how much it comes in a lot of products which is unhealthy for us since some people take this everyday in large amounts.
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