A salt/arthritis connection?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
A salt/arthritis connection?
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Fri, 03-08-2013 - 8:15am

According to Health Day News, a salty diet could contribute to Arthritis. "Eating lots of foods loaded with salt may do more than raise your blood pressure: Researchers report that it could also contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, where the body's immune system mistakenly mounts an attack upon some part of the body.

Three new studies suggest salt may be a prime suspect in a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine)." more

Are you a heavy salt user? Your thoughts?

Karla
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Registered: 08-16-2001
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 4:27pm

That was really interesting, Karla.  I'm not sure what to think.  Like Lorie, I use very little salt in my diet, never add additional salt and don't eat many processed foods or go to fast-food restaurants.  That doesn't mean that salt isn't a culprit in the development of autoimmune diseases but that further research needs to be done.  I'm glad there are researchers out there looking for causes and, hopefully, cures for these nasty diseases.

Molly
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Registered: 10-22-2001
Sat, 03-09-2013 - 9:18pm

I actually rarely if ever use salt and I watch my sodium intake.

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