Low Salt Key to Heart and Kidney Health

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Nov 09, 2013

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A new study points that salt restriction may potentially prolong kidney disease patients' lives.

salt for heart and kidney healthPeople with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may be particularly susceptible to salt's detrimental effects due to the kidney's important role in controlling salt balance and their increased risk of dying from heart disease.

Excessive salt intake is consistently linked to increased risk of heart disease and worsening kidney function. Until now, though, the effect of salt restriction in these patients was not well explored. A new study has found that reducing salt intake and increasing the consumption of vegetable protein may benefits the heart and kidney health.

The researchers involved in the study suggested that salt restriction is an inexpensive, low-risk and effective intervention for reducing cardiovascular risk and risk of worsening kidney function in people with CKD. Moreover, they found that Research shows that vegetable protein intake, compared with animal protein, in patients is linked with lower production of such toxins.

The report will be published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).



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