People with diabetes are advised to
limit salt (sodium). Salt intake doesn't affect blood sugar. But limiting salt may
prevent or control high blood pressure and heart disease. These 2 conditions are a
concern for people with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates
2 out of 3 people with diabetes also have high blood pressure. People with diabetes
twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke compared to people without diabetes.
Most people in the U.S. eat about 3,400 mg of salt each day. This is
more than the advised amount. Several professional organizations advise a limit of
mg of salt each day. Some advise an even lower limit.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the ADA say to limit
salt to less than 2,300 mg per day. The ADA advises people with high blood
pressure to talk about their salt limit with their healthcare provider. They also
advise people with diabetes to read food labels on processed foods. This can help
you find and stay away from hidden salt. It can also help you to stay below your
daily salt limit.
- The World Health Organization advises all people to limit
salt intake to no more than 2,000 mg per day by 2025.
- The American Heart Association encourages all people to limit
salt to no more than 1,500 mg a day. In some cases, your provider may tell you not
to do so. But cutting down on salt may help you stay off blood pressure