Hypertension

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Are you eating too much salt?

Did you know that high blood pressure affects as many as 25% of adult South Africans, with black Africans appearing to be more susceptible than other groups?

Hypertension and diet

Diet plays an important role in preventing and treating hypertension. Read more about what to do.

Hypertension and fasting

Recent research has been focusing on ways of lowering blood pressure by dietary interventions. Take a look at an approach using fasting as a therapy to lower blood pressure.

Shake your salt habit

If the Minister of Health achieves his next dietary reform of reducing South Africa's salt intake by legislation, he will be striking a blow for good health, says DietDoc.

Using the Dash diet in South Africa

The Dash Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which was developed in the USA has been used successfully all over the world and South Africa is no exception.

The truth about salt

Can't live without salt? Prof Jacques Snyman from Resolution Health Medical Scheme sheds some light on the truth about salt and the link to diseases such as hypertension.

Go green for healthy blood pressure

As fruit and vegetables contain the right combination of sodium and potassium, they're the ideal food for keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level.

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Hypertension expert

Dr Jacomien de Villiers qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Pretoria in 1995. She worked at various clinics at the Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, these include General Internal Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiology. She has run a private practice since 2001, as well as a consultant post at the Endocrine Clinic of Steve Biko Hospital.

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