Make an appointment:
(i.e. Dermatologists)

Will eating less salt reduce my high blood pressure?

It is very high and I am 29 years old.
Salt is one of the factors that is involved in high blood pressure, but if your blood pressure is extremely high, there might be more involved in your specific situation than just high salt intake. You should speak with your primary care doctor about what steps need to be taken to reduce your blood pressure to safe levels. Salt is often implicated in high blood pressure, and it is almost always recommended for those with high blood pressure to reduce their salt intake. This is because salt is one of the key methods that your body uses to control its water content. In other words, the water that you consume will come and go from your body depending in large part on how much salt you have consumed. When you eat lots of salt, you need liquid to avoid that dry feeling. This leads to a gain in water weight, as well as an increase in your blood volume. If you think of your blood vessels as a water balloon, the addition of extra water will obviously lead to higher pressure in the balloon. Over time, this extra pressure can result in a myriad of problems, including heart disease, and so you should take steps to reduce your blood pressure as directed by your doctor.
This answer is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.
If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Medical professionals who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Zocdoc’s Terms of Service.

Nearby Doctors

  • Dr. Sitha Miller
    Dr. Sitha Miller MD
    Primary Care Doctor
    Avg Rec:
    9390 E Central Ave
    Wichita, KS 67206

Other Doctors

  • Dr. Ruben Ruiz
    Dr. Ruben Ruiz MD
    Primary Care Doctor
    Avg Rec:
    3012 San Gabriel Blvd.
    Rosemead, CA 91770
  • Dr. Harvey Lerner
    Dr. Harvey Lerner MD
    Primary Care Doctor
    Avg Rec:
    215 East Main Street
    Smithtown, NY 11787
  • Dr. Julien Dedier
    Dr. Julien Dedier MD
    Primary Care Doctor
    Avg Rec:
    725 Albany St
    Boston, MA 02118