Sodium to Potassium Ratio effective way to lower High Blood Pressure and Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Sodium to Potassium Ratio effective way to lower High Blood Pressure and Reduce Cardiovascular Disease

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[Best Syndication News] High blood pressure be lowered by not only reducing sodium intake, but also increase your potassium intake as well. A study recently published in the January 2009 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine investigated the effects of increasing potassium dietary intake with reducing sodium intake and the effects on high blood pressure.

The researchers said that there isn’t a lot of research on how potassium lowers blood pressure and they wanted to see if increasing potassium intake and lowering sodium in the diet would reduce high blood pressure levels.

The researchers used data from the Trials of Hypertension Prevention to investigate further. The participants’ urine was collected for 24 hour samples intermittently over an 18 month period during one of the trials and over 36 months in a second trial. They had 2,976 participants that had blood pressure measurements that were just under the high level. They were ranging in age from 30 – 54 when the study began. The participants were tracked from 10 – 15 years to determine if they had developed cardiovascular disease.

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