Dietary Salt Restriction Lowers Blood Pressure in Type 2 Diabetes

A pinch of salt may cut the bitterness in a cup of coffee

Yes, according to an article in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Disease. The systolic pressure lowering is 5-6 points, but only 1-2 points on average for diastolic pressure. This degree of BP lowering is not dramatic, but might prevent an escalation of antihypertensive drug dosing or initiation of an additional drug.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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