The more physically active you are, the less your blood pressure rises in response to a high-salt diet, says study. "Patients should be advised to increase their physical activity and eat less sodium," said Casey M. Rebholz, lead author of the study and a medical student at the Tulane School of Medicine and doctoral student at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. "Restricting sodium is particularly important in lowering blood pressure among more sedentary people." Investigators compared study participants' blood pressure on two one-week diets, one low in sodium (3,000 mg/day) and the other high in sodium (18,000 mg/day). The participants were 1,906 Han Chinese adults (average age 38) in the Genetic Epidemiology Network of Salt Sensitivity (GenSalt), a large project to identify genetic and environmental factors contributing to salt sensitivity. "The study needs to be repeated, but I suspect that the relationship between physical activity and salt-sensitivity will apply to other populations," added Rebholz. The study has been reported at the American Heart Association's Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism/Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention 2011 Scientific Sessions.Source: ANI << High Intake of Omega-3s Help Curb Obesity-related Disease R... Sitagliptin Effective In Preventing Diabetes >> Recommended Reading Exercise and Fitness Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy - that way, you'll last longer at it and get better results. READ MORE Blood Pressure Chart Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood flowing through your blood vessels against the vessel walls. Just by entering you age, you can get the accurate range of blood pressure value. READ MORE Too Much Salt Not Good! The World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) has sponsored the World Salt Awareness Week, March 21 to 27, 2011, the theme of which is "Salt and Men's Health." READ MORE Harmful Effect of Just One Salty Meal We have always known that excessive salt intake can affect health adversely, but a recent insight has revealed the bad effects of just one salty meal on the heart. READ MORE Diet and High Blood Pressure High blood pressure or hypertension is defined as a blood pressure of above 140 mm Hg (systolic) and or 90mm Hg (diastolic). READ MORE Heart Attack- Lifestyle risks Heart attack is the death of the heart muscle due to loss of blood supply. Simple guidelines to avoid heart attack are listed. READ MORE High Blood Pressure High blood pressure or hypertension is a chronic condition, which usually lasts a lifetime once it is developed. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Stress and the Gender Divide Stress has become entwined in the current lifestyle of a young working couple and has resulted in the rise in incidence of hypertension, diabetes and psychosomatic illnesses. READ MORE Thalassemia Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder passed on through parental genes causing the body to produce abnormal hemoglobin. READ MORE Tips to Live Longer Though life is temporary and short, it is possible to maximize the span of our existence by living healthy and savoring every moment of life, read our tips to live longer READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Daily Calorie Requirements Iron Intake Calculator More News on: High Blood PressureThalassemiaDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseDiet and High Blood PressureStress and the Gender DivideTips to Live LongerQuiz on HypertensionHeart Attack- Lifestyle RisksExercise and FitnessLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!