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Should I cut salt if I have diabetes and high blood pressure?

Too much dietary salt or sodium can increase blood pressure. People with diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, may already have high blood pressure, so they may need to reduce their sodium intake.

  • Put the saltshaker away, and use less or no salt when cooking.
  • Read food labels to assess the sodium content (80% of your sodium intake comes from processed foods).
  • If you are using canned vegetables, rinse them to remove the salt or choose no-salt-added or reduced-sodium options.
  • Avoid fast foods.
  • Use flavorings such as herbs and spices to make your food tastier.
  • Cook using fresh foods whenever possible.
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Yes, it is recommended that any one with a condition such as diabetes and high blood pressure limit their sodium intake to 1500mg/day.

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