High Blood Pressure is greatly influenced by diet and someone’s lifestyle. The link between salt and high blood pressure is compelling. People living on the Northern Islands of Japan eat more salt per capita than anyone else in the world and have the highest incidence of essential hypertension. By contrast, people who add no salt to their food show virtually no traces of essential hypertension.
The people with high blood pressure are “salt sensitive,”… meaning that anything more than the minimal bodily need for salt is too much for them and increases their blood pressure.
Other factors that raise the risk of essential hypertension include obesity; diabetes; stress; insufficient intake of potassium, calcium, and magnesium; lack of physical activity; and chronic alcohol consumption.