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How does diet and lifestyle influence essential hypertension?

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The link between salt and high blood pressure is especially compelling. People living on the northern islands of Japan eat more salt per capita than anyone else in the world and have the highest percentage of folks with essential hypertension.

By contrast, people who add no salt to their food show virtually no traces of essential hypertension.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

American Medical Association. 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

American Medical Association. 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 25, 2019

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