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Sensitivity to salt put blacks at stroke risk

DietDoc takes a closer look at why the SA government has started publishing regulations about reducing the sodium in foods and how it will positively affect us, especially when considering that our black population is 'salt sensitive'.

How vasodilators work

Vasodilators, which reduce arterial tension, are one of the most common treatment methods for serious hypertension.

90% of US children eat too much salt

A new study has found that 90% of US kids eat far more salt than the recommended guideline, putting them at greater risk of heart disease and high blood pressure in later life.

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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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