Posted on Jan 28, 2009 | Comments 0
A new study suggests that along with reducing the salt intake, increasing potassium intake can help people with high blood pressure.
Most of you might aware of the fact that reduced salt intake can help to lower blood pressure.
But, researchers found that reducing the salt intake alone may not help for lowering high blood pressure.
Simultaneously, it is important to boost potassium intake, which has opposite effect to sodium.
According to Dr. Paul Whelton, an epidemiologist and president and CEO of Loyola University Health System, senior author of the study, there is no much focus on potassium as sodium, but it seems that potassium is quite effective in lowering blood pressure.
The combination of lower salt intake and higher intake of potassium is very effective in reducing risk of cardiovascular disease in people with high blood pressure.
Researchers during two phases of the study determined that the average potassium and sodium intake as the trials of the blood pressure prevention.
In one phase of trials, they’ve collected 24-hour urine samples irregularly in a span of 18 months period. In the second phase of trials, they collected the urine sample during 36-month period. Almost 2,974 people aged between 30 to 54 years and having high blood pressure participated in the study.
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