Skip to comments.Study: "Disappointly weak" link between salt and high blood pressure
Posted on 12/06/2012 5:15:19 PM PST by shove_it
For decades table salt has been on a healthy hearts most wanted list. Believing its responsible for skyrocketing blood pressure, Americans have banned salt from tables and stripped it from recipes.
But new research says salt just might deserve a bit of a reprieve.
The link between salt and blood pressure is thought to date back to the 1940s when Duke University researcher Walter Kempner, M.D., became famous for using salt restriction as a means to treat people with high blood pressure. During the next few decades, studies confirmed Kempners theory that reducing salt could help reduce hypertension.
A Controversy is Born
Despite history, a brand new review of several studies from the past few decades related to blood pressure and salt intake suggests Kempner wasnt rightthat salt might not have as much of an effect on blood pressure and heart health as suspected.
The team leading the review published in the December 2012 Health Affairs pored over dozens of studies, some dating back to 1967, and said they were unable to find a link between salt intake and a risk for high blood pressure...
(Excerpt) Read more at health.yahoo.net ...
No surprise there. As someone with hypertension, I no longer use salt, although dining out can be a problem as restaurants just love to put salt in their meals to improve the taste.
Just the same, eliminating all the salt over which I had control did absolutely nothing in terms of lowering my blood pressure.
I agree. I believe our bodies know when we need salt and/or sugar and have a built in electrolite meter. If we didn’t....why would we ever want something to drink or something salty or something sweet??
Dad had HBP since age 40, I have HBP since age 40. He’s in his 80’s, me in my 50’s. I can guarantee you salt has nothing to do with it!
That’s why they call it medical PRACTICE!
Someone notify Bloomingidiot.
My Doc told me to lay off salt because of HBP. 6 months later I went back and informed him I was tired all the time. After the blood test he told me my sodium level was to LOW.
Unfortunately my BP had not dropped. It’s all BS.
There was a particular 30 yo USAF pilot with HIGH bp sustained. Needed to reduce it by orders. Could bench press some ridiculously high amount, ran many miles daily.
He threw out all canned and processed food and stopped lifting weights. Started reading preventive med literature a whole other world. Started taking vits, minerals and lots of produce. I surmised that if salt were a culprit then other minerals naturally occuring in normal food would counteract it.
Never took the anti salt hing seriously, just decreased it to moderate or little.
It worked very well.
Wasn't he on Hogan's Heroes?
Almost all of the nutritional recommendations given to us by the progressives controlling academia and our bureaucracies has been wrong.Beware mono and poly unsaturated vegetable oils.
Fascinating. Thanks for the link.
You’re welcome. I found it very interesting too. Inflammation seems to be a key factor and that makes sense.
Everything in moderation.
I have had heart surgery for several issues. I am also a diabetic and I have bad lungs. That’s the short list.
I do the best to simply stay with moderation in all things. I miss the fruit and juices the most, but I still sin, but only in moderation.... half an orange or 8 grapes.
I continue to use ‘some’ sea salt.
When God wants me, He will take me.
Hmmm. To treat high blood pressure, my Cleveland Clinic doctor just put me on the Dash diet, which restricts sodium to under 1500 mg. per day. Not at all easy to follow.
Which suspicions?? That it was all a bunch of hooey, or that the Control Nannies on the Left are disappointed that the word will get out?
Poor thyroid function equals fatigue.
Also check your Vit. D levels.
I hope your check is in the mail.
People telling me what not to eat raises my blood pressure.
I’ve found my blood pressure is most related to the number of democRats in Washington or Raleigh.
My brother’s first wife ate salt by the box full. He bought a box of salt a week for her.
She was a tiny woman and had good blood pressure.
Good point and why is this news disappointing?
Did your doctor also prescribe a diuretic? (water pill)
Without salt human beings will sicken and die.
But regular iodized table salt is crap.
Use pure sea salt.
Why is it disappointing? I think it’s great. Salt makes a bunch of foods better. It doesn’t have bad side effects. Left-wing debbie-downers must be behind the disappointment.
My hubby is over weight. His blood pressure is perfect. I am skinny as hell and my blood pressure is high. I don’t eat salt, snacks, candy, soda; coffee, tea alcohol; etc. He eats everything. Go figure.
Celtic Sea Salt rocks. Much better than the poisonous stuff sold in stores.
If you are concerned about your heart, visit these links.
Both based on Linus Paulings discovery of what heart disease really is, why you get plaque build up, and how to rid yourself of it.
I KNEW IT!! I KNEW IT ALL ALONG!! Man, I have ALWAYS questioned this bizarre vendetta against salt.
Decades ago docs I trained with believed salt did not cause hypertension, but if one already had it, especially Blacks, it would worsen it. I haven’t kept up with the research but most things shift of shift back again every few 5-10 years.
The single biggest “gateKeeeper” of salt as a heart problem is the American Heart Assoc.
Werner Klemperer . . . I think
I know for a fact that you'll never die young. (From another discussion)
Use pure sea salt.
Salt is salt, the only difference in any of it is cleanliness and texture. The salt in table salt is the same as salt used to deice roads and driveways, only cleaner and finer.
Yes gramps, I agree. ;>)
As kids we used to pick up that road salt and suck on it. Most of us survived.
If salt was the culprit, my BP would 190/120 instead of 115/65 because I love salt and use it copiously.
There are as many opinions about this as there are people, pretty much. Commenting on this subject is about as smart as commenting on a Civil War thread. Someday I’ll learn...
Sea salt tastes better too.
I think so.
Indeed...Celtic or Redmond Real Salt is goooood for you.
Thats why they call it medical ARTS!
I’m a saltaholic. I am 5’4” and weigh about 115 lbs (after 4 kids, LOL). My BP has always been in the 90/50 range. The only time it has been high was when I was pregnant with my first, when I developed pre-eclampsia. Curiously enough, the child who caused that also has a low BP and she loves salt about as much as I do. I also craved insanely spicy foods during that pregnancy and now she loves anything that’s spicy. Jalapenos are her favorite food group, I think ;)
All salt is sea salt
Salt is salt
Most, if not all, table salt is processed from sea water in evaporation ponds. Mined salt, usually for spreading on roads and for industrial use comes from ancient seas, long ago evaporated and covered over ages ago. But all are sea salt and the same chemically.
Dont fall for the hype of the "Mad Men" advertising agencies
Hoping you the best of health...
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