-- Alan Mozes
SUNDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who eat less salt
lower their long-term risk for high blood pressure, heart disease
and stroke, new research indicates.
The finding stems from a computerized projection of what would
happen if adolescent boys and girls were to shave off 3 grams of
salt from their daily consumption of common processed foods.
"Reducing the amount of salt that is already added to the food that we eat could mean that teenagers live many more years free of hypertension," study lead author Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco, said in an American Heart Association news release. The findings were to be presented Sunday at the heart association's annual meeting, in Chicago.
"The additional benefit of lowering salt consumption early is that we can hopefully change the expectations of how food should taste, ideally to something slightly less salty," Bibbins-Domingo said.
The study authors noted that in the United States, teens are the
main consumers of salt. Their daily ingestion of 9 grams of salt
per day is higher than any other age group. At 3,800 milligrams of
sodium, that amount is more than double the AHA recommendations for
daily consumption (1,500 milligrams).
Approximately 80 percent of salt intake comes from processed
and/or prepared foods. More than one-third of that salt is
specifically found in cereals, breads, and pastries, while pizza
(according to the National Center for Health Statistics) ranks as
the nation's king of salt, the study authors said.
A daily 3-gram drop in consumption of the salt typically found
in such foods would reduce the incidence of high blood pressure
among teens by between 44 percent and 63 percent. And as these
teens age, the high blood pressure incidence reductions would
persist, dropping between 30 percent to 43 percent among 35- to
50-year olds, according to the study authors' computer
The analysis also revealed that by the time teens reached the
age of 50, such salt reduction would result in a 7 percent to 12
percent drop in heart disease; an 8 percent to 14 percent drop in
heart attacks; a 5 percent to 8 percent drop in stroke rates; and a
5 to 9 percent drop in deaths due to all causes.
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