High Blood Pressure and Diet: The Connection

High Blood Pressure and Diet: The Connection

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Ann Haibeck, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian High blood pressure and diet: What’s the connection? Kidney patients often experience elevated blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Your doctor may prescribe medication to treat your blood pressure, but your food choices can be just as important as taking your medication. Salty and highly processed foods often provide more salt (sodium) than we need in our diets, which can increase blood pressure readings. High blood pressure can put excess stress on blood vessels, including those that lead to the kidneys and other vital organs. Sodium Guidelines The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than 2,300mg of sodium per day, with 1,500mg per day or less being ideal. The National Kidney Foundation recommends 2,500mg to 3,800 mg of sodium daily for patients on…
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