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- Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects an estimated 1.28 billion adults worldwide, many in low and middle-income countries.
- If blood pressure is not controlled, it can increase the risk of heart, brain, and kidney diseases.
- One common but less known cause of hypertension is salt sensitivity — where the body fails to excrete excess salt.
- A new review has found that women of all ages are more salt sensitive than men, which may have implications for blood pressure control.
According to the World Health OrganizationTrusted Source (WHO), almost 1.3 billion adults aged 30-79 worldwide have hypertension (high blood pressure). And since 1990, the number of people globally with hypertension has doubledTrusted Source.
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