Why You Need to Reduce Salt Intake with Diabetes?

If you are diagnosed with diabetes, the first thing that will probably come to mind is sugar and not salt. But what you did not know is that controlling salt intake is just as important for your health, and here’s why.

Why Should You be Concerned About Salt?

Salt is among the various ways in which we can get sodium from our diet. High consumption of sodium can increase your blood pressure and this can in turn increase your risk of stroke and heart disease, two conditions which are common complications for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Medical experts recommend a consumption of 2,300 mg of sodium each day. This is equivalent to only a teaspoon of salt. The average American is said to consume 3,440 mg of sodium every day. For those with high blood pressure or are elderly, the recommended amount is even more stringent, at 1,500 mg each day.

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