Alternate treatment for high blood pressure

July 21, 2009 2:56:36 PM PDT
If you have high blood pressure that can't be controlled by medications, you may want to take a good look at your salt intake. Research in the journal Hypertension finds that people with resistant hypertension had sharp declines in blood pressure when they dramatically reduced their sodium intake.

It's recommended people consume less than 6 grams of sodium daily. But most people typically take in 9 to 12 grams a day.

Researchers suspect patients with resistant hypertension are very salt sensitive. It's possible the salt may cause these patients to retain so much fluid that standard drug treatments simply won't work.