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Why is excess sodium bad for you?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
See below: Sodium commonly in salt, can cause high blood pressure in sussceptible indiiduals. If you already have heart or kidney or liver problems , you may develop swelling of your feet . The typical american diet is already loaded with salt , so adding salt to your food can cause worsening of the problem. Remember low salt labels does not mean "no salt".
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Sodium: Can raise blood pressure in salt sensitive individuals and may contribute to atherosclerosis.

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