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Salt's Impact on Blood Pressure Lowered by Exercise

by Sheela Philomena on March 26, 2011 at 1:50 PM
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 Salt's Impact on Blood Pressure Lowered by Exercise

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.

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"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).
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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
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