An Article On Salt & Hypertension Published In Forbes India By Dr. Mahesh Marda
Indians are at high risk of developing various cardiovascular disorders including hypertension or high blood pressure because of their salt intake, says Dr Mahesh Marda
Substantial clinical evidence demonstrates the positive effect of salt intake on blood pressure.
Opting for low salt and low-sodium food options, limiting the intake of canned and processed foods can help in significantly lowering down the sodium intake. Considering the health benefits to delay or prevent the incidence of hypertension in normotensive people, as well as a positive impact on blood pressure lowering in hypertensive people, the efforts to restrict the salt intake is worthwhile and we should strive to achieve it.
Hypertension: Going Hand In Hand With Diabetes
Reportedly, people with diabetes are about twice as likely to have high blood pressure. On average, every two of three diabetics will have hypertension. In diabetes, an oversupply of sugar and insulin in the body causes inflammation, which then damages and stiffens your artery lining, allowing plaque to build up. This process eventually increases your risk of hypertension, heart attacks and strokes. It is widely believed that someone who has high body fat content, is obese, eats a high-sodium diet or follows a sedentary lifestyle is vulnerable to both these conditions. Diabetes, along with hypertension, can be lethal as they heighten the risk of further complications, including heart attack or a stroke, kidney diseases and visual impairment.
People with diabetes must make conscious efforts to keep their blood pressure levels in control. Making small changes to your lifestyle goes a long way in maintaining your blood pressure and taking control of your life and health. Prevention is the only cure for these complications. It is important to take regular diabetes test and blood pressure check and adopt a healthy and stress-free lifestyle complete with a balanced diet, exercise, yoga and meditation.
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