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Salt not Only Factor in Blood Pressure

Thursday, 09 August 2012 12:04 PM

Doctors and health officials have long urged limiting dietary salt as the primary way to lower blood pressure. But a team of health experts convened by the International Food Information Council is recommending a more holistic approach – stressing weight loss, exercise and a healthy diet – that can produce better results.
The new recommendations, published in the journal Nutrition Today, were devised by a panel of 10 leading experts in the fields of chronic disease, food science, nutrition, communications, and public health. The experts agreed that meeting government sodium intake recommendations of 1,500 millgrams per day is challenging, but simply limiting sodium intake isn’t the best strategy.
Instead, the panel said, doctors should work to help patients make lifestyle changes to better manage their weight, eating more fruits and vegetables, engaging in daily physical activity and moderate alcohol intake. Doing so can produce better results in managing high blood pressure and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, the experts concluded.
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“Almost one in three adults in America suffers from hypertension, so finding ways to reduce blood pressure is an important public health goal,” said Kathryn M. Kolasa, of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, lead author of the report in Nutrition Today. “While reducing sodium is an important factor in managing high blood pressure, for some individuals, it isn’t the only factor that should be considered.”
Marianne Smith-Edge, IFIC’s senior vice president for nutrition and food safety, said the group’s research indicates many consumers may not feel cutting salt from their diet will go far enough to lower their blood pressure.
“That’s why it is so critical to communicate more comprehensively about all factors known to positively affect blood pressure to give consumers the best opportunity for long term success,” she said.

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Experts: Weight loss, exercise and eating a healthy diet reduce blood pressure better than limiting salt intake.
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