Thursday, February 10, 2011

Diabetes and Salt - WebMD

Having diabetes puts you at greater risk for high blood pressure. High levels of salt (sodium) in your diet can further increase that risk. So your doctor or dietitian may ask you to limit or avoid these high-salt foods...

Previous clinical studies showed an apparent correlation between hypertension and insulin resistance, and patients with diabetes are known to have increased blood pressure responsiveness to salt loading.

What is your daily salt intake? If you have type 2 diabetes, it's important to watch the amount of salt you eat everyday. Diabetes can put you at increased risk for hypertension and cardiovascular complications. The USDA recommends that the average person should eat no more than 2300 mg. of salt a day. This is about a teaspoon. Most Americans get nearly twice that amount everyday.