Most of us know that too much of anything can be a problem. Too much tv can decrease mental intelligence, decrease creativity and increase your amount of time wasted in a day. Too much sugar can cause weight gain, diabetes and increased blood sugar levels. Too much salt can result in increased blood pressure, strokes and even a heart attack. But recent research shows that there may be more symptoms of too much salt…
A new study released by Vanderbilt University shows that diets high in salt could have a large effect on gastric cancer. Especially if you’ve ever contracted an illness caused by the helicobacter pylori bacteria.
In the study, the researchers infected Mongolian gerbils with H. pylori. One set of gerbils received a regular diet; the other, a high salt diet. At the end of the experiment the researchers analyzed the animals’ stomach tissues. Every animal on the high salt diet developed cancer, compared with just 58 percent of those on the regular diet.
And while curbing your salt input seems like a good idea, avoiding the h-pylori bacteria is kind of a crapshoot.
At least 50 percent of humans are infected with H. pylori, at least 90 percent of them without symptoms.