Salt and Disease

The Roman word from which the name 'salt' is derived is Salus, Goddess of Health. Gandhi argued that salt was ''essential for human well being, specially in a poor country like India where its inhabitants eat vegetables and rice which contain low salt.'' However, although its name evokes health, over the years a long-term excess intake of salt has come to be recognized as a major cause of hypertension and thus a risk for stroke and coronary heart disease. An excess of dietary salt may also affect gastric cancer, osteoporosis, and bronchial hyper-reactivity. Evidence also suggests that high-salt intake causes left ventricular hypertrophy independently of blood pressure effects.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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