Drop that salt!

2618b0f8-2647-11df-b61e-0017a4aa266a 0e6d33e5-2649-11df-9d36-0017a4aa266a Diet_Exercise.sodium-Tip37Reducing dietary sodium intake can help control high blood pressure – a leading complication of diabetes. A 2001 study found that reducing sodium intake to 1560 mg daily or lower (as compared to current recommendations of 2,400 mg) as part of a DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) lowers blood pressure. Talk with your dietitian about incorporating the DASH diet into your meal plan.

Ways to cut sodium intake:

Check labels. Processed foods can contain many hidden sources of salt, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium bicarbonate, and sodium caseinate.

Shelve the shaker.
Don’t leave the salt shaker out where you may use it by force of habit.

Spice it up.
Replace your table salt with one of the many sodium-free spice blends on the market.

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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Last Modified Date: November 28, 2012

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