Sunday, January 15, 2006

Solomon Island tribes

The Solomon Islands were known to cook their vegetables by long boiling in sea water, and studies have been made to determine the dietary effects of this practice. The results showed a daily salt intake of 130 to 230 milli osmoles a day. Both sexes and nearly all age groups in the Solomon Islands have high systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Blood pressures greater than 140/90 have been found in 7.8 percent of the men and 9.9 percent of the women. While this seems to support the theory that a diet high in sodium can cause high blood pressure in the elderly, there were no ECG abnormalities-not even those associated with coronary diseases.
See also BUSHMEN OF THE KALAHARI DESERT; MASAI; NEW GUINEAN HIGHLANDERS; POLYNESIANS; SOMALI CAMEL HERDSMEN; TARAHUMARA INDIANS; YANOMANO INDIANS.
Brocklehurst, J. C. Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1985.

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