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High Sodium Intake Linked to High Blood Pressure in Kids

A new study in Pediatrics examined the link between dietary sodium intake and high blood pressure (HBP) among US children and adolescents. Researchers discovered that “subjects consumed an average of 3387 mg/day of sodium, and 37% were overweight/obese. Each 1000 mg per day sodium intake was associated with an increased standard deviation score of 0.097 in systolic blood pressure (SBP) among all subjects and 0.141 increase among overweight/obese subjects.” In addition, “sodium intake and weight status appeared to have synergistic effects on risk for pre-HBP/HBP.”

Read it in Pediatrics.