As per a report published by the American Heart Association, overweight and obese teens eating foods high in salt content show signs of quicker cell aging. One of the ways cut down weight is to lower ones salt intake. Lowered sodium intake also reduces the risk of heart diseases.
Chromosomes’ protective ends called telomeres start shrinking in length as we age. As per this research study which covered 766 overweight and obese people aged between 14 and 18 years, the teenagers who consumed 4,142 mg/day showed a lower T/S ratio than teens who consumed relatively lower quantities of salt (2,388 mg/day). T/S ratio is the ratio of the length of telomere and a single gene.
Haidong Zhu, M.D., Ph.D., the lead author of the study added that cutting down sodium intake, rather than weight loss, can be the first step in the direction towards reducing the risk of cardiac diseases. One easy way to reduce salt intake is to cut down consumption of processed foods, and splurge on fresh fruits and vegetables instead.
Detailed report can be read here.