Tomorrow's Health: More Potassium In Diets Could Save Lives


Story Updated: Apr 23, 2013

The World Health Organization says reducing salt intake and increasing potassium in people's diets could save millions of lives from heart disease and stroke.

Cutting down on salt is commonly advised for people with high blood pressure and now health experts say increasing potassium has a similar benefit.
Potassium is found in most fruits and vegetables.
Weight Gain
A new British study finds people who gain excess weight in the 20s and 30s are twice as likely to develop chronic kidney disease in their 60s.
Researchers also found adults who gained weight in their bellies and hips in their 40s and early 50s were at increased risk for kidney problems.
Doctors say the findings highlight the importance of watching your weight as you get older.
Walking As Good As Running?
There may be no need to run if you want to keep your heart healthy.
A new study in Berkely, California discovered walking can lower the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes just as much as running.
Researchers followed thousands of people for six years and found similar health benefits for walkers and runners who covered the same distance.

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