Got Diabetes? Don't Eat This…

57532985Do people with diabetes have to follow a low-sodium diet? It depends. People with diabetes have the same recommended sodium intake as the general population – 2,400-3,000 mg per day, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). However, about 30% of Americans also have sodium-sensitive blood pressure.

People who have this condition, or mild to moderate high blood pressure, should aim for less than 2,400 mg per day, says the ADA. People with high blood pressure and kidney disease should eat less than 2,000 mg per day. Here are tips to help lower your sodium intake, courtesy of the ADA:

  • Avoid high-sodium menu items. Learn to recognize them by description (“smoked,” for instance, or “in broth”). Keep your order simple (without sauces or fillings) and request that it be prepared without added salt.
  • Remove the salt shaker from the table. Always taste food before salting.