Diabetes And Salt: Having This Condition And Eating Too Much Salt May Increase The Risk Of Heart Disease

Lifestyle & Health

The consumption of salt in the US has decreased over the recent years, but we still eat too much of it. Statistics presented by the CDC shows that approximately 89% of people consume more salt than they should. And while too much salt is bad for everyone, there’s one group of people who should be especially careful with it. Many studies have confirmed a link between excessive salt consumption and heart disease, and for people who have diabetes and eat too much salt, the risk of heart problems nearly doubles.

There are some ways to reduce the consumption of salt in your everyday life. Check out these tips and stay healthy:

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A Japanese study conducted in 2014 investigated a link between diabetes, eating high amounts of salt, and the effect of both on the heart. The findings of this study are alarming: for people with diabetes who eat about 5.9 grams of sodium every day, the risk of heart disease is two times higher than for diabetes patients who consume only 2.8 grams of sodium daily. The study also showed 10-fold increase in the risk of heart problems for people whose diabetes isn’t properly managed and whose diet is high in salt.

It has long been known that eating too much salt can increase your blood pressure. And factors that raise the risk of heart disease, such as high blood pressure, increased cholesterol, and excess weight, are often present in people with diabetes.

Dr. Spyros Mezitis, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said: "Because the vascular complications of diabetes are similar to those of salt, that's where it becomes doubly as bad. The higher the salt intake, the worse the cardiovascular effects we see."

The RDA of sodium for healthy adults is no more than 2.300 mg (about 1 teaspoon of salt). For people with diabetes, it’s recommended to limit sodium intake even further – to no more than 1.500 mg a day.

To limit your salt intake, try the following:

- avoid or limit the consumption of foods high in salt, including processed meats, salted snacks (such as chips, popcorn, and salted nuts), certain kinds of cheese, smoked and salted seafood, ketchup, mayonnaise, soy sauce, stock cubes, and canned foods;

- when you cook at home, try to add less salt to your meals – your taste buds will get used to it over some time;

- always check the nutrition labels on the foods you buy and opt for low-sodium versions of foods you eat often;

- even if you have a busy schedule, try to avoid ready meals and fast food; take healthy snacks with you when you leave for work;

- ditch the habit of adding salt to your food before tasting it;

- when you eat out, ask your server about the amount of sodium in food you’re going to order, and you can also request that no salt be added to your food; also, ask for the dressing to be served on the side.

Sources: Diabetes UK, Health, Everyday Health


This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Fabiosa doesn’t take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this post. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader should consult with their physician or other health care provider.

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