Dear Madame L,
My doctor just diagnosed me with borderline-high blood pressure. She told me I should cut back drastically on salt in my diet, but I've heard that high sodium isn't the main reason for high blood pressure. What can you tell me about this?
I Love Salt
Madame L thinks you should follow your doctor's instructions to the letter.
High sodium intake has been implicated as a cause of high blood pressure, even though there are other causes, including genetics, obesity, lack of exercise, and other dietary factors.
Even researchers who say salt isn't all bad acknowledge that it wouldn't hurt most people to eat less salt.
Why would you want to test this on yourself?