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

Salt can contribute to high blood pressure. Since diabetics have a higher risk for hypertension, they should also restrict their salt intake.

You only need a small amount of salt to meet daily recommended levels. Unfortunately, many people take in up to ten times what they need, in part because table salt is added to foods cooked or packaged with already sufficient levels of sodium.

Check with you doctor for recommended levels of sodium intake and read food labels carefully to determine per-serving amounts, often expressed as a percentage of daily value.
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.

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.

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