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HealthWatch: Salt Intake and Teens

Grants Pass man needs heartSAN FRANCISCO, Cal. — Researchers say that kids eating too much salt can lead to premature aging, but not in the way most people think about the process.

Instead of wrinkles and greying hair, the overindulgence in salt can lead to cell structures changing which in turn causes earlier risk of heart disease.

Haidong Zhu, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and assistant professor of pediatrics at Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA says “lowering sodium intake, especially if you are overweight or obese, may slow down the cellular aging process that plays an important role in the development of heart disease.”

According to the information presented Thursday evening, research found that “protective ends on chromosomes (telomeres) naturally shorten with age, but the process is accelerated by smoking, lack of physical activity and high body fat.”

The meeting is happening in San Francisco March 18 – 21, 2014.

For more on the study, you can click here.