How Much Sodium Do You Need? (Page 6)

3. Your Ethnicity

African-Americans are more likely to have high blood pressure than whites or Hispanics—and they develop it at an earlier age. They may carry a gene that causes extreme salt sensitivity. That’s why experts advise that African-Americans limit sodium to 1,500 mg a day. Forty-three percent of African-American men and 46 percent of African-American women have high blood pressure compared to 34 and 33 percent of all American men and women.

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