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Type 2 Diabetes - Will Reducing Your Salt Intake Lower Blood Pressure?

Most complications of type 2 diabetes, including kidney failure, heart failure and stroke are influenced by blood pressure. The amount of table salt (sodium chloride) you eat can affect blood pressure, and limiting salt can actually lower blood pressure. Eating too much sodium causes blood pressure ... to a certain degree in most people and to a greater degree in people who are sensitive to sodium.

Researchers at the Blood Pressure Unit, George's Hospital Medical School John in London, England, has studied thirteen articles on salt restriction in diabetes. Their study was published in December, 2010 in Malaysia Cochrane Database System Studies.

Two hundred and fifty-four cases have been studied in the literature, including 158 with type 2 diabetes. Salt is limited to an average of one week, resulting in urinary sodium being reduced 7.3 grams daily on average among Type 2. diabetic patients (their top number) is reduced with an overall figure of 6.9mm and diastolic blood pressure (lower number), reduced by 2.87mm. Therefore, it is concluded that diabetics can reduce their salt intake to 5 to 6 grams a day, or lower.

Adding herbs or spices to your diet is a great way to lower salt, add more flavor ... take some healthy nutrients at the same time. Cinnamon is known for its antioxidant properties and its ability to help lower blood sugar in diabetic patients. In a recent study, capsaicin, a flavor found in chili pepper, has been shown to lower blood pressure in animals.

Professor David Heber, Director of UCLA's Center for Human Nutrition, suggested:

  • cinnamon
  • chili pepper
  • turmeric
  • garlic
  • oregano
  • basil
  • thyme and
  • rosemary

Here's a recipe for pasta salad from recipeppy.com using herbs and no salt:

  • 1 pound small shell of pasta
  • 2 small zucchinis sliced
  • 2 chopped celery sticks
  • 1 can be whole tomatoes
  • Spoon pap pepper
  • 1 tbsp of oregano
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tbsp of thyme
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • Low fat cups low fat Italian dress, and
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate overnight before serving.

Where did you get the salt?

Are you:

  • eat packaged foods
  • eat fast food
  • add salt while cooking
  • salt your food on the table

Some of the highest foods in sodium include:

  • table salt
  • Processed foods: sausages and hot dogs
  • Easy Foods: Fast Foods, Hamburger Assistants, Canned Foods (Vegetables, Soups, Sauces, Canned Tuna and Salmon, Gravy, Fast-Food Frozen Dinner, Potato Mix
  • Food served: bacon, Canadian bacon, cured and smoked and smoked

Sodium is also found in baking soda and baking powder, tomato juice, vegetable juice (except low sodium), and buttermilk.

If you like salty foods, you may be worried that you'll never enjoy food again, but you're wrong. Your taste buds will adjust quickly, and soon you'll find foods that you like to like. The salt is almost lost when cooked, but adding a little salt to say the fresh tomatoes will give it a satisfying sensation.

Remember to check for labels, sodium or salts that appear in interesting places, for example. canned soup ... mostly loaded with sodium. Do not buy those with more than 500mg per cup.

People with type 2 diabetes often have salt-sensitive hypertension. This means that when you reduce sodium in your diet, your blood pressure may decrease.



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