, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 575-582

Dietary electrolytes and hypertension in the elderly

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The effect of age on older hypertensive patient's blood pressure responseto increased sodium intake is well known. Salt sensitivity which doesincrease with age and the decrease in renal function limiting the ability ofaged kidney to excrete sodium load are major factors, responsible for risein blood pressure during Na consumption in the elderly. Clinical studiesencourage salt reduction with and without weight loss. Although potassiumconsumption is highly recommended, one should be aware of potassiumoverload in the elderly.