Study Finds Consuming Excessive Salt Can Cause Hypertension, Heart Disease

Excessive Salt Can Cause Hypertension
Excessive Salt Can Cause Hypertension
Excessive Salt Can Cause Hypertension
Excessive Salt Can Cause Hypertension

Study Finds Consuming Excessive Salt Can Cause Hypertension, Heart Disease

Study Finds Consuming Excessive Salt Can Cause Hypertension, Heart Disease

Study Finds Consuming Excessive Salt Can Cause Hypertension, Heart Disease

A new study reveals suboptimal nutrient intake affecting cardiovascular and kidney health in North India. Excessive salt consumption, insufficient potassium intake, and low protein consumption below recommended levels were highlighted. Conducted by the George Institute for Global Health India in collaboration with PGIMER in Chandigarh, the study emphasizes the need for personalized dietary changes to reduce risks of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The research analyzed sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and protein intake, showing the impact on conditions like hypertension and chronic kidney disease. Accurate dietary assessments are crucial for personalized advice and effective policies.

Excessive Salt and Low Potassium Raise Health Risks

Excessive salt consumption and inadequate potassium intake increase the risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and chronic kidney disease. The study, involving over 400 participants, used 24-hour urinary excretion analysis for precise nutrient intake assessment. Men showed higher nutrient intake than women. Prof. Vivekanand Jha highlighted the need for dietary guidelines specific to local areas and interventions targeting individuals and societies. The study underlines the importance of accurate dietary assessments for personalized advice and policy development.

Addressing Health Risks Through Multifaceted Strategies

To combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), researchers recommend multifaceted strategies, including better food label information, reduced salt in processed foods, and promoting potassium-rich fruits and vegetables. Public awareness campaigns, individual counseling, and food policy reforms are urgent to address nutrient imbalances and encourage healthier eating habits. The study’s findings aim to guide proactive steps for a healthier future in North Indian communities, with support from various funding sources.

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