Kidney diseases & Kidney stones, Diabetes, Asthma, Ménière’s Disease, plus problem of Water retention are also the side effects of “extra salt intake”
1) Kidney stone or kidney problems
When calcium gets built up in the kidneys, it results to kidney stone. The causes behind the calcium built up in the kidney, leading to kidney stones are 1) high blood pressure and 2) high salt intake. A person who takes extra salt, in fact exerts too much calcium that leads to the building up of kidney stones. The persons of these types will not only experience pain, they will also have kidney diseases.
Regular jobs of kidneys
The regular jobs of kidneys are to control the blood pressure and to balance fluids. It balances the lost fluids from the blood into the urine.
What happens, if intake of salt is excessive? (a rippling effect)
The normal functions of kidneys may be disrupted if salt intake is excessive. This in turn will lead to high blood pressure. The high blood pressure strains the kidneys, and the strained kidneys mean kidney diseases.
In case one is already having any kidney disease and does not stop the habit of taking excessive salt, the health of the already diseased kidneys will aggravate further and faster. So it is always recommended that people with kidney diseases or having Chrohn’s disease or with persistent infection in the urinary tract, must reduce the intake of salt, so that the matter does not go from bad to worse.
Vascular Dementia is such a condition when brain functions become reduced. The reduced brain function means disruptions in behaviour, judgment, language, thinking power and memorising. The disease is a common form of Dementia.
The cause of Vascular Dementia
Blocked blood vessels cause vascular dementia. The after effects of blocked blood vessel lead to a series of mini strokes or a stroke. Every third person who has suffered from stroke must have been the victim of vascular dementia.
Anyone with high blood pressure will have increased risk of stroke that means increased risk of vascular dementia.
Prevention of vascular dementia
If blood pressure is effectively controlled, strokes can be prevented. That means one must start controlling sugar intake from the early life, in addition to leading a healthy lifestyle with balanced diet and undertaking regular physical exercises.
a. Water retention
If we take high sugar, we actually retain water. The high retention of water can be even 1.5 litres. Those who suffer from bloating (specially the women) may get benefit by reducing salt intake.
Some patients who are already suffering from nephrotic syndrome, heart failure and cirrhosis of the liver must reduce their salt intake.
Asthma is also one of the common conditions, for which one among twelve adults or one among eleven children are found to be afflicted with the disease. Although no study has proved that high salt intake can cause asthma, but it is proved that symptoms of asthma gets aggravated due to high intake of salt.
If anyone has asthma problem, he or she must desist from taking extra salt or free salt in their meals or foods.
c. Ménière’s Disease
A rare disease, Ménière’s Disease causes tinnitus, giddiness with vomiting & nausea. Further to these, it also damages the ear. If a person’s intake of salt is high, the person will have worsening condition of Ménière’s Disease. The problems of Ménière’s Disease are fluid retention and enhancement of blood pressure in the inner ear.
Reduced salt intakes in the diets of all kinds are the best option to avoid the problem of Ménière’s Disease.
Every part of the world is finding hard to tame the menace of diabetes. The extra salt intake surely increases the risk of high blood pressure and so resulting to diabetes.
Controlling high blood pressure through lesser salt intake can benefit the diabetic patients. Hence, it is always recommended that diabetic patients must reduce their salt intake.