You or someone you know probably has high blood pressure. Also known as hypertension, this condition affects 1 billion people world-wide and is a major contributor to death from stroke, myocardial infarction, end-stage renal disease and congestive heart failure. One thing many people will say is that you need to watch your salt intake to avoid high blood pressure. But not everyone with a high-salt diet ends up with high blood pressure. Why?

It may have to do, at least in part, with the way your body processes salt, and that job lies with your kidneys. Did you know that some people have a genetic variation that affects the kidney’s ability to handle salt? If you have this mutation, you are “salt-sensitive” which predisposes you to high blood pressure. Watching your sodium intake can keep you health. For more on what you can do to determine if you’re salt-sensitive, go to GB Healthwatch.

Doctors Impossible are fans of this scientific breakthrough because the hidden causes (and therefore, solutions) to our health problems so often reside in our own bodies. Looking deeply within for answers–for the impossible–is what Doctors Impossible is all about!

Source: GB Healthwatch and US National Library of Science and NIH

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