International Urology and Nephrology

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 575–582

Dietary electrolytes and hypertension in the elderly


DOI: 10.1023/A:1019565511762

Cite this article as:
Rosenthal, T., Shamiss, A. & Holtzman, E. Int Urol Nephrol (2001) 33: 575. doi:10.1023/A:1019565511762


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.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Talma Rosenthal
    • 1
  • Ari Shamiss
    • 1
  • Eliezer Holtzman
    • 3
  1. 1.Hypertension Unit, Chaim Sheba Medical CenterTel HashomerIsrael
  2. 2.Chaim Sheba Medical CenterChorley Hypertension Research InstituteTel HashomerIsrael
  3. 3.Chaim Sheba Medical CenterNephrology InstituteTel HashomerIsrael

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