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Low Blood Sodium Tied to Impaired Thinking in Older Men

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Lower sodium levels in the blood are associated with mental impairment and decline in older men, a new study finds. The findings may be of concern, especially because certain drugs often used by the elderly can lower blood sodium levels, experts said. Still, "at this point I do not think we can change our management of persons that fall into this category," said Dr. ...

Health Tip: Eat Less Salt

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Eating less salt could help you avoid heart disease or stroke. The U.S. Office on Women's Health suggests how to cut the amount of salt in your diet: Eat fewer processed foods. Check the sodium content on the product's nutrition facts label. Avoid foods with lots of salt. Season your food with herbs and spices, instead of salt. Get used to eating less salty foods.

Healthier Diet, Less Salt: The Recipe to Beat High Blood Pressure

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 - Cutting back on salt, along with following the highly recommended "DASH" diet, can beat back high blood pressure in adults, new research shows. After just a month, the results for people adopting this strategy were "striking and reinforce the importance of dietary changes" for those with problematic blood pressure. So says a team of researchers led by Dr. Stephen ...

Want to Avoid Salt? Turn Up the Spice

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – If your taste buds lean toward spicy, you might be doing your heart a favor, new research suggests. Spicy foods may increase salt sensitivity, thereby dampening the desire to consume heart-harming salty food, researchers in China say. "High salt intake increases blood pressure and contributes to cardiovascular disease," said study author Dr. Zhiming Zhu. "Thus, reducing ...

Trouble With Number Twos? One Simple Step May Help

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – If you're constipated, try grabbing a small footstool before you plunk yourself down on the potty, a new study suggests. Most Westerners sit down on the proverbial throne the way they would sit on a chair, but a novel leg-lifting device offers an option that seems to encourage good bowel movements, researchers report. The footstool helps sitters assume a squat-like ...

Increasing Salt Intake Tied to Diabetes Risk

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – High levels of salt consumption may increase an adult's risk of developing diabetes, researchers say. The new study included data from a few thousand people in Sweden. The findings showed that salt intake was associated with an average 65 percent increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for each 2.5 extra grams of salt (slightly less than half a teaspoon) ...

High Salt Intake May Double Heart Failure Risk

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – A high-salt diet significantly increases the risk for heart failure. That's the conclusion of Finnish researchers who found that people who consume more than 13,700 milligrams of salt a day – about 2.5 teaspoons – had double the risk for heart failure than low-salt consumers. "High salt [sodium chloride] intake is one of the major causes of high blood pressure and an ...

FDA Announces Recall of Some Liquid Pharmaceutical Products

Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of numerous liquid pharmaceutical products because of possible bacterial contamination that could cause severe infections in vulnerable patients. The drugs and dietary supplements, made by PharmaTech LLC in Davie, Fla., include liquid stool softeners, liquid vitamin D drops and liquid multivitamins marketed ...

Health Tip: Don't Pass the Salt, Please

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Like many people, you may be trying to cut back on the amount of salt in your diet. The problem is, lots of packaged foods are loaded with salt. The U.S. National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says there are several steps you can take: In general, using fresh foods without adding salt is the way to go. If you do use canned or frozen vegetables or other "convenience" foods, make sure they ...

Americans Buying Less Salt-Laden Foods

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – Americans' addiction to salt may be waning, as food manufacturers gradually cut amounts in their products and consumers opt for less salty fare, a new study suggests. A survey of more than 172,000 households found that between 2000 and 2014 the amount of salt in the packaged food and drinks people bought was reduced by nearly 400 milligrams (mg) a day, dropping from more ...

Just 5 Percent of Daily Salt Gets Added at the Table

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – Tossing out the salt shaker may not be enough for your heart health. Most of the salt that Americans consume comes from processed foods and restaurant meals, a new study finds. In a sampling of 450 U.S. adults, only 10 percent of salt, or sodium, in their diet came from food prepared at home. About half of that was added at the table. Instead, restaurant meals and ...

Is a Low-Salt Diet Always Healthy?

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Steering clear of salty foods might not be as helpful for your heart health as previously thought, a new study claims. Participants in a long-range heart study did not appear to derive any health advantage from a low-salt diet, said lead researcher Lynn Moore. "People who were on a lower-sodium [salt] diet in general over the next 20 or 30 years actually had no benefit, ...

Health Tip: Help Manage Constipation

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Many lifestyle factors – such as diet, exercise and fluid intake – are associated with constipation. To help tame the problem, the Cleveland Clinic recommends: Drink two-to-four cups of water daily. Also drink warm liquids, particularly in the morning. Eat plenty of fruit (such as prunes) and vegetables. Eat bran cereals. Take a fiber supplement. Get regular exercise. Use a mild stool ...

The Saltiest Foods May Surprise You

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – You probably know that Americans consume way too much salt, but a new U.S. government report points the finger at some surprising sources of salt in the diet. The report said the top 5 culprits were: Bread. Pizza. Sandwiches. Cold cuts and cured meats. Soup. Surprisingly, potato chips, pretzels and other obviously salty snacks didn't make it into the top five, though ...

Americans With High Blood Pressure Still Eating Too Much Salt

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – For Americans with high blood pressure, cutting back on salt is an important way to help keep the condition under control. Yet, new research shows that these patients are getting more salt in their diet than they did in 1999. Between 1999 and 2012, salt (sodium) consumption rose from about 2,900 milligrams a day (mg/day) to 3,350 mg/day. That's more than double the ...

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