It is probably true to state that most of us are not attracted to the idea that mucus is a substance we should really spend any substantive time investigating. But as far as our wet tissues are concerned this is the neighbour they all want on their side. This sticky gloop contributes to mucosal immunity by allowing nutrients and other valuable molecules to pass whilst preventing pathogen adhesion.
- Published in Abstracts
A recent Cochrane review suggests that diabetic patients should keep to a low salt diet to prevent diabetic kidney disease. Their collaboration review looked at 13 studies. These included 254 patients suffering from type 1 and type 11 diabetes and noted that reducing salt intake by a whopping 8.5mg per day matched the effects experienced from a single antihypertensive medication (7.1/3.1 mmHg – type 1, 6.9/2.9 mmHg type 11). They also acknowledged that this was a short study – so the effect was noticed in just 7 days, but that it would be difficult to maintain over a longer period.
- Published in Reviews
There is of course a well-known relationship between sodium chloride and hypertension and we all make comments when we see the enthusiastic application of table salt onto food or add in the making of food. These are the visible uses of this flavour enhancer, but it is the salt used in food manufacturing that represents the largest exposure for most people.
A recent paper out in Nov 2010 in the BMJ Heart & Education explores the painfully slow progress towards suitable reductions. Many countries do recommend restricting daily sodium intake to 100 mmol (approximately 6 g of table salt) or less, but in a recent review of world salt levels, only seven out of the 25 countries reviewed met this goal suggesting a lack of legislative pressure and social interest.
- Published in Reviews
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