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A 34-year-old member asked:

Could salt cause hypertension?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 47 years experience
Yes: Yes, it's fuel for the fire.
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Water retention: Specifically, salt causes your body to retain water. This "extra" water occupies space and makes it more difficult for the blood to move through the body. When this occurs, higher pressure from the heart is needed to move the blood through the body.
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Heightened risk of: ...cardiovascular disease, but slashing salt isn't easy. Salt can be found commercially in many foods, even some you wouldn't expect--like bread, bagels, chicken (salt improves shelf-life), cereal. Seriously, read labels.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Salt and BP.: Salt alone will not give you hypertension if you wouldn't have developed it anyway. However, people with high BP will notice higher numbers after ingesting salt.
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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Salt and HTN: most likely cause of HTN today. Best way to prevent or treat salt HTN is to move to the DASH eating plan. Get this book only ISBN: 0-7434-1007-6 eISBN-13: 978-1-43914-059-8 Start Chap 9 and expect BP to be better in a week if you Do Chap 9 EXACTLY. If if does not go down get back with me.
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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Variable: The kidneys control salt in the blood. If there is too much, the kidneys pass it into urine. But when salt intake levels are high, the kidneys cannot keep up and salt ends up in the blood. Salt attracts water. Salt draws more water into the blood. More water increases the volume of blood which raises blood pressure.
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Why does too much salt cause hypertension?

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RETAINS WATER: Human Body is 60% water by weight.Water is both in the cells(iNTRAVASCULA)and(EXTRAVASCULAR)outside the cells. Too much water is bad for the body as too little is Too much Sodium causes increased water in and out of the cells and that causes increase in Blood Pressure Most humans will simply excrete the excess Na,But20%of have genetic disposition that causes Na retention,that cause water retention
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What can cause hypertension?

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Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
A few things: Biggys are smoking, obesity, and add salt intake to the above - of course there are about 10 people in the country with some sort of disease that causes "primary" hypertension - ie its not their fault - now, once you have hypertension - you end up with some sort of kidney disease that sort of makes it permanent - so those people moan "but i dont eat salt"....Too late -.
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Last updated Dec 1, 2020

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