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Old 03-15-2010, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Just an interesting little bit of info..

Here in the U.S., it seems we expect our blood pressure to rise with age... More elders have high blood pressure than not.

I came across a study done with remote indigenous people in Brazil. They had low BMI's, low blood pressure and their blood pressure did not rise with age--at all! It only rose when they ingested higher levels of sodium than was in their usual diets...

Could it be that we're not destined to get high blood pressure if we eat a diet low in sodium?? (which is very hard to do as sodium's added to so many of our prepared and packaged foods).

Of course, how many older folks have low BMI's, exercise a lot and also consume little sodium???

But I found it interesting that blood pressure does not seem to rise with age if we are slender, fit and eat little salt.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:54 PM
 
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There is a whole recent thread on sodium and blood pressure .........and not everyone has sodium sensitivity but if you do ...........

The amazing thing is that doctors slap you on medicine before discussing this with you!
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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You're exactly right. I wonder if doctors have given up on their patients being willing to moderate their salt intake, increase their exercise and keep their weight average?

It seems to me it can be done, but gosh, isn't it very difficult to avoid salt in so many of our foods...

I had some take-out Chinese food last night which was vegetarian, but the minute I tasted it, could tell it was loaded with salt.

And guess what? Today, my BP is up...the only solution seems to be eating fruits and vegetables and cooking from scratch, though canned foods like tomato sauce are loaded with salt, too. So that means making our tomato sauce from scratch, too.

Why is it so hard to eat wisely? It would be nice to have some help from our food manufacturers...

Not whining, just wondering...
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, Calif
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I have a quick draw holster for my salt shaker, I never leave home without it. I like my food white..!
I'm late 60's, perfect health, have the blood pressure of a teenager, recently had one of those test that runs a probe from the artery in your thigh to your heart, and everything was clean as a whistle. I show no ill effects from years of over salting everything. So it may not be the salt that causes problems, it's the person who ingests the salt..
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:57 PM
 
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Salt IS a problem for those people who are sensitive to its effects. That is not everyone.
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Old 03-16-2010, 04:00 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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People need to take in the whole picture with regard to HT.

Salt is part of it and can be taken out of most diets. Yea, don't cook with salt and save it later to shake on the dish without having to use that much salt.

Stress is a biggy that causes HT.

Smoking (real bad).

Drinking is very harmful for people who have HT.

Couch potato is at risk too.

Genetics gets to play as well; heart disease runs in families. Age and gender plays too.

My kids were raised not knowing what salt or pepper was because I didn't put it on the table. They're older now and have salt on their french fries and other stuff but they do it in moderation.
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:00 AM
 
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All good points, Tyvin. For the salt sensitive, though, even a very modest amount of sodium can cause blood pressure to spike...seems that number is growing as we Americans put our blood chemistry into imbalance with way too much sodium so the magnesium, calcium and potassium ratio is out of whack...then whammo, trouble, HT, high BP numbers, then medication...
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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And guess what? Today, my BP is up...the only solution seems to be eating fruits and vegetables and cooking from scratch, though canned foods like tomato sauce are loaded with salt, too. So that means making our tomato sauce from scratch, too..
There are salt free diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Of course then you have the BPA issue because they are canned. It is funny - you can buy salt free, organic OR sugar free catsup but you cannot find catsup [at least I have not] that has all three. Same with spaghetti sauce.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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Yep, seems almost like a conspiracy, at times, doesn't it? I've found salt in unexpected places...my store brand breakfast cereal bran flakes and Grapenuts cereal are surprisingly high in sodium, but none found in the mini shredded wheat..and of course, old-fashioned oatmeal has none...
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:26 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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For anyone looking for more lower sodium food choices, check out the LOW SODIUM THREAD! in the Diet and Weight Loss Forum here on CD.
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