Love to eat salted wafers, nuts, french fries and other processed foods? Beware, according to a study, high salt intake is associated with a doubled risk of heart failure.Read also:Exercise mimicking protein may aid heart failure patients
According to a Study:
- Consumption of excessive salt doubles the risk of heart diseases and failure.
- High salt (sodium chloride) intake is one of the major causes of high blood pressure.
- And an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke.
- The findings showed that people who consume more than 13.7 grams of salt daily may be at two times higher risk of heart failure.
- In addition,compared to those consuming less than 6.8 grams.
- This salt-related increase in heart failure risk was independent of blood pressure level.
- In addition, increased level of which is also a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, the researchers said.
- The optimal daily salt intake is probably even lower than 6.8 grams.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a maximum of five grams per day and the physiological need is two-three grams per day.
- For the study, the team followed 4,630 women and men aged 25 to 64 in Finland over 12 years.
- Samples of their urine were tested to gauge their salt intake.
- The researchers divided the participants into five groups based on their salt intake.
- The low-salt group consumed less than 6.8 grams a day and the highest had more than 13.7 grams a day.
- Over the course of the study, 121 men and women developed new heart failure.