saltHigh salt intake is dangerous as it aids the progress of existing kidney diseases.

This assertion was made Dr Bola Idowu of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

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Salt intake is necessary but it has to be controlled. Adults require just a gramme per day and children require less than one gramme per day.

There has been a disregard for the quantity of salt consumed and this is dangerous behaviour. The medical expert said high salt intake is an exacerbating agent for people who are prone to or already have diabetes, and high blood pressure which may lead to heart failure, and cardiac arrests.

He is quoted to have said that: “A high salt diet can damage the lining of the stomach causing inflammation of the stomach, thereby increases the risk of stomach cancer and ulcer.”

The doctor called on parents to control the salt intake of their children as “it is dangerous for both adult and children’’.

“Diabetes and Asthmatic patients, as well as people battling with unstable blood pressure, should learn to consume less salt in order not to aggravate any disease,” he said.

NAN