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Diabetes and Salt Intake -


Updated April 17, 2014

What is your daily salt intake? If you have type 2 diabetes, it's important to watch the amount of salt you eat everyday. Diabetes can put you at increased risk for hypertension and cardiovascular complications. The USDA recommends that the average person should eat no more than 2300 mg. of salt a day. This is about a teaspoon. Most Americans get nearly twice that amount everyday.

What are some ways to cut your daily salt intake?

  • Don't add salt to your food.
  • Avoid salty foods like bacon, sausage, cheese or prepared snack foods like potato chips
  • Buy low-sodium or "no salt added" foods
  • Watch condiments like c they can be loaded with salt.
  • Eat more fresh vegetables, fruits and meat

Reduce your daily salt intake and take care of your heart.


(2008, July 09). Sodium and Potassium. Retrieved June 29, 2009, from Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005 Web site: http://www.health.gov/DietaryGuidelines/dga2005/document/default.htm

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