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Craving Salt? Your Genes May Be the Reason, Study Suggests

Posted 13 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – Some people carry a genetically driven "salt tooth" that could affect how heavily they season their food, potentially endangering their heart, a new study suggests. Genetic variations cause some people to be more keenly aware of bitter flavors, said lead researcher Jennifer Smith, a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. These people are about twice as likely to exceed the daily limit of salt recommended by heart health specialists, according to study findings presented Sunday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in New Orleans. The research centers on a gene called TAS2R38. Variations of this gene have been shown to enhance a person's perception of bitter flavors. "We were looking at a gene that codes for taste receptors," Smith said. "People with one genotype will taste bitter more keenly than people who have the other ... Read more

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Many Kids Still Eating Too Much Salt

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 – American children's high salt intake puts them at risk for heart disease later in life, a new study warns. Nearly 90 percent of U.S. kids consume more than the recommended amount of salt for their age, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered. Sodium-heavy breads, pizza, cold cuts, processed snacks and soups are among the major culprits, according to the report. "We already know that nearly all Americans regardless of age, race and gender consume more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet, and the excess intake is of great concern among particular youths," lead author Zerleen Quader said. Quader is a data analyst in the CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. The researchers analyzed 2011-2012 data from more than 2,100 children, aged 6 to 18, nationwide. The kids' average salt intake was 3,256 ... Read more

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More Research Cites Salt's Potential Health Risks

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – Conventional wisdom says too much salt is bad because it can lead to high blood pressure. And now a new 25-year study finds that salt – even just a bit – may increase your risk of premature death. The research found that if you normally have about 1.5 teaspoons of salt daily, adding just slightly less than a half teaspoon (1,000 milligrams) more a day can increase your odds of dying early by 12 percent. And, the risk continues to climb 12 percent for each 1,000 milligrams of salt you add to your daily diet. There was a potential bit of good news from the study, however. Cutting back on your salt consumption may extend your life. The study showed that restricting salt seemed to lower the risk of dying prematurely by 15 percent. However, this finding didn't reach statistical significance, the researchers said. "Consuming lower levels of sodium, as advocated by ... Read more

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FDA Calls for Less Salt in Processed Foods

Posted 1 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants the food industry to cut back on the salt. In draft voluntary guidelines issued Wednesday, the agency set both two-year and 10-year goals for lower sodium content in hundreds of processed and prepared foods. The aim is to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke among Americans, according to the FDA. "Many Americans want to reduce sodium in their diets, but that's hard to do when much of it is in everyday products we buy in stores and restaurants," Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in an FDA statement. "Today's announcement is about putting power back in the hands of consumers, so that they can better control how much salt is in the food they eat and improve their health," she added. Americans' average salt intake is about 3,400 milligrams (mg) a day, which is nearly 50 ... Read more

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High-Salt Diets May Raise Heart Risks for Kidney Patients

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – People with chronic kidney disease face higher odds of heart attack or stroke if they have high-salt diets, a new study suggests. "Moderate sodium reduction among patients with chronic kidney disease and high sodium intake may lower [heart] risk," concluded a team led by Dr. Jiang He, of Tulane University in New Orleans. About one in every 10 Americans is affected by chronic kidney disease, and more than one-third of U.S. adults have heart disease, the researchers noted. The role of daily salt intake in kidney patients – and its effect on heart risk – hasn't been clear, however. To learn more, the investigators looked at outcomes for almost 3,800 patients with chronic kidney disease at seven locations across the United States. The patients provided urine samples to researchers at the beginning of the study in 2003, and then once a year over the next two years. ... Read more

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Could a Low-Salt Diet Hurt Your Health?

Posted 21 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 – A controversial new study contends that a low-salt diet could be dangerous for your heart health. Restricting dietary salt to below 3,000 milligrams a day appears to increase the risk for heart disease similar to that of high blood pressure patients who eat too much salt, said lead researcher Andrew Mente. "Having neither too high nor too low levels of sodium [salt] is optimal for health," said Mente, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada. The American Heart Association is highly critical of Mente's study. The AHA says the study relies on incorrect estimates of sodium intake, and should not lead anyone to relax concerns over excess salt in the average U.S. diet. "This is an extremely flawed analysis that doesn't provide new information, and it should not be used to guide public policy," said ... Read more

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Health Tip: Potassium is an Essential Mineral

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Potassium is an essential dietary mineral, offering benefit to your heart, muscles, kidneys and nervous system. Good sources of potassium include: potatoes, bananas, nuts, citrus fruits and avocados. The University of Maryland Medical Center says potential benefits of potassium include: Improved bone health. Lower blood pressure. Reduced risk of stroke and heart attack. Helps the body get rid of excess salt. Read more

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Health Tip: What's Behind Muscle Cramps?

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can end a workout faster than muscle cramps. But have you ever wondered what causes them? The Mayo Clinic mentions these common factors: Straining or overusing muscles. Being dehydrated. Keeping a muscle in the same position for a long time. Having poor blood supply to affected muscles. Having compressed nerves in the spine. Getting less-than-required amounts of dietary minerals, such as potassium, magnesium or calcium. Read more

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Health Tip: Are You Getting Enough Potassium?

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Potassium is an essential nutrient that helps your body regulate blood pressure. Make sure you're getting the amount of potassium daily that's appropriate for you. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these potassium-rich foods: Potatoes, both sweet and white. Beans, notably white beans, soybeans, lima beans and kidney beans. Dairy products, such as low-fat yogurt or skim milk. Fruit, particularly bananas, peaches, cantaloupe and honeydew. Fish, including halibut, cod, rockfish and yellowfin tuna. Read more

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A High Salt and Potassium Diet May Accelerate Chronic Kidney Disease

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – A diet high in sodium and potassium can make chronic kidney disease (CKD) worse, a new study claims. "These data warrant future clinical trials to test the effect of a moderate reduction in dietary sodium and potassium intake on CKD progression in patients with high dietary sodium or potassium intake," study leader Dr. Jiang He, from Tulane University, said in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. "The findings could ultimately impact dietary recommendations for patients with CKD to slow disease progression," He added. It's estimated that 26 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease, the researchers said. Chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure and also increases the risk for heart disease and early death, according to the study authors. For the study, the researchers tested urine samples from almost 4,000 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Skip the Salt in Your Child's Lunch

Posted 28 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- The average child consumes too much salt each day, and some children even have high blood pressure. To help avoid these problems, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Pack your child's lunch with lower-salt meat, bread, soups and snacks. Include in your child's lunch fresh fruits and veggies, such as carrots, grape tomatoes or snow peas. Let your child help pack lunch, and make the healthiest, lowest-salt choices. Read more

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Many Americans Trying to Cut Their Salt Intake: CDC

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – Worried about links between high daily salt intake, high blood pressure and stroke, half of American adults questioned in a recent poll say they've tried to cut back on sodium. The survey of more than 180,000 people from 26 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., found – perhaps not surprisingly – that people already diagnosed with high blood pressure were more likely to shun the salt shaker. "Excess sodium intake is a major risk factor for hypertension, and subsequently, heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of U.S. deaths, respectively," noted a team of researchers led by Dr. Jing Fang of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under current U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the general population is advised to keep daily salt intake under 2,300 milligrams, or about a teaspoon. For people over 51, blacks and those ... Read more

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Endurance Athletes Should Only Drink When Thirsty, Experts Say

Posted 30 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 – Endurance athletes or those who are very physically active should drink plenty of water – but only when they feel thirsty, new expert recommendations say. Athletes should listen to their body and drink water as needed to prevent a potentially deadly condition called exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) or "water intoxication." The new guidelines were developed at the International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference in Carlsbad, Calif., and published June 29 in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Overdrinking, particularly when exercising or playing sports in the heat, can increase the risk of seriously low levels of sodium in the blood. Excessive intake of water, sports drinks or other fluids can exceed the body's ability to get rid of fluids in sweat or urine. When the body can't remove excess fluids, those fluids dilute ... Read more

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U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Many American children and teens aren't consuming enough liquids – especially water – and that lack of hydration could affect their physical and mental health, a new study suggests. The findings "highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past," study author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a Harvard news release. "Even though for most of these kids this is not an immediate, dramatic health threat, this is an issue that could really be reducing quality of life and well-being for many, many children and youth," she added. One expert in child health agreed. "Children – due to their slower acclimation to heat and greater surface area than adults – can be more susceptible to dehydration than adults," said Nancy ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. Make sure the covers aren't too tight on your bed. Choose shoes with proper arch support. Read more

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