Teens who cut salt intake may reap benefits later

November 15, 2010 1:45:46 PM PST
A 3,000 milligram reduction in sodium by teenagers could reduce hypertension by 30 to 43 percent when they become adults.

That's based on results of a computer modeling analysis presented at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago this week.

Hypertension is a common condition that may have no symptoms for years but can eventually cause serious health conditions including heart attack and stroke.

The AHA recommends limiting sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams.

Teens are said to consume more than 3,800 milligrams. That's more than any other group.

Experts say processed foods and pizza are believe to be the biggest contributor of salt to a teens diet.


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