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Why is salt bad to eat?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Blood pressure: It would be impossible to overstate the contribution of high blood pressure to overall ill-health especially in older folks who've had it for a long time. In societies where salt isn't normally added to food, there's far, far less high blood pressure.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Salt bad.: Where salt goes, water tends to follow, so too much salt would not be good for patients with certain medication conditions, such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and some kidney diseases.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Why is salt bad for you?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not necessarily: Your body is bathed internally in a salt solution so you need some salt ingestion all the time. Data suggests that too much salt can lead to hypertension which has unfavorable effects on the heart and vessels. So in these cases a low salt diet may be recommended.
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A 27-year-old male asked about a male:

How bad is salt for you?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Salt: Salt is known to contribute to elevated blood pressure especially in someone who already has this problem. Also, certain other conditions such as liver cirrhosis and kidney issues may get worse when excessive amounts of salt is consumed. Overall, it's been a push recently to reduce the amount of salt in the us diet as it has been shown that typical american diet has more salt than is recommended.

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