September 2020

When it comes to salt, people naturally think about its effect on blood pressure. They think, “Too much salt in my diet will increase my blood pressure.” But not everyone who has a lot of salt develops high blood pressure. Do you know someone who eats lots of salty food like pizza, pickles, junk food items but has naturally low blood pressure? That person may be salt-resistant, which means his or her blood pressure doesn't rise very much in response to a diet high in salt (sodium chloride). In contrast, other people are salt-sensitive, which means their blood pressure rises by 5 points or more if they switch from a low-sodium to a high-sodium diet. You may have heard conflicting reports about whether restricting salt in your diet can help lower your blood pressure if it is elevated or reduce your

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