Consuming too much sodium in the presence of other disorders or dietary factors might increase your risk of stomach cancer, kidney stones or osteoporosis. Chronic high salt intake can damage the lining of your stomach, making it more susceptible to infection by Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that can cause inflammation and lead to tumor growth. In addition, consuming excess salt can increase the amount of calcium you excrete in urine and may contribute to the development of kidney stones. This effect is also related to osteoporosis, as your body may leach calcium from your bones to make up for that lost in your urine.
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A high-protein, low-carb diet may help your extra pounds weight fly off initially, but it can actually cause weight gain in the long-term, according to a recent Spanish study. To come to this finding, researchers asked more than 7,000 study participants to fill out questionnaires about their eating habits over the course of six years. After analyzing the data for commonalities, they found that the those who ate high-protein diets had a 90 percent greater risk of gaining more weight than those who ate less of the stuff. How much more weight? Ten percent of their body weight, or about 15 pounds for a 150-pound woman. Whoa!