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Teens eating high amounts of salt speed aging

from United Press International

Overweight or obese teenagers who eat lots of salty foods may show signs of faster cell aging, researchers in the U.S. say. Lead author Dr. Haidong Zhu, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga., and colleagues said previous research found the protective ends on chromosomes — telomeres — naturally shorten with age, but the process is accelerated by smoking, lack of physical activity and high body fat. This study was the first to examine the impact of sodium intake on telomere length, Zhu said. more

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