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Many people are not aware of the fact that diabetics should eat a low sodium diabetic diet. In a diabetic diet low sodium, low fat and low carbohydrates are all important along with low sugar.
A low sodium diabetic diet can be helpful even to people who do not have diabetes. Eating a proper diet can also help reduce your risk of developing diabetes. In a diabetic diet low sodium and low calorie foods can help you maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight is a serious risk factor for diabetes.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is very common among people with diabetes. In fact, approximately 20 to 60 percent of people with diabetes also have hypertension.
Unfortunately, research shows that high sodium intake is linked with high blood pressure (hypertension). Also, some people are 'salt-sensitive', meaning that they are more likely to develop high blood pressure when eating salt.
Both high blood pressure and salt-sensitivity are common in people with Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Also people with Type 1 diabetes who have kidney damage are at high risk for high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. That's true for all people, not just those with diabetes.
One of the best pieces of advice for lowering your sodium is to mark your calendar six weeks from the day you start, then lower your salt intake gradually over the six weeks. By the time you reach your marked day, you will have "retrained" your tastebuds, and will not notice the change in your diet! This only works if you don't cheat and have a salty snack like potato chips or pretzels along the way, however.