Salt (sodium) is everywhere (Americans get 75% of their salt intake from processed foods) even in OTC medications. Salt is a nutrient but humans need very little. It makes food, some foods taste better however a high salt diet contributes to heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming no more than 1,500 mg of sodium a day for health individual no matter age.Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 9.55.25 AM

We have often heard of the dangers of high salt diets, recall my blog from Aug. of last year (results of a decade long study of teens). This year researchers find high salt diet causes cell aging in certain teens*. Obese teens that indulge in a high salt diet may have accelerated aging at the cell level. Evident from the study is that an apparent synergies in teens exists between obesity and high salt diet that makes cell age prematurely. This finding was presented at the AHA’s 2014 Scientific Meeting

POI – In the past it has been implied that human cell aging accelerates with smoking, emotional stress, and being a ‘couch potato’ in adults.

Salt may preserve food but in our bodies it causes premature aging of our vascular tissue. [Vascular relating to blood vessels, including heart arteries veins capillaries.  Tissue – all cells that have one function work together to form a type of tissue.]

*The study presented took 766 adolescents (ages of 14 – 18).