Eating less salt can substantially reduce the risk of health problems associated with high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke -- a cause of death for more than 2 out of every 3 people with diabetes.
If you have diabetes, you have a higher risk of heart disease. The good news is that you can prevent or reduce your risk of developing many problems associated with heart disease by getting an evaluation and accurate diagnosis, and starting treatment early when it's most effective.
Talk to your doctor about the following tests recommended by the American Heart Association to see if you might have signs of heart disease. Then follow the proper medications and lifestyle changes your doctor prescribes...
The USDA's 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that people with diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic kidney disease limit their salt intake to 1,500 mg daily -- or less than a teaspoon. Here are some guidelines to follow to help you keep your salt (sodium) intake down when eating out:
Select fresh fruit or vegetables.
Avoid soups and broths.
Stay away from bread and rolls with salty, buttery crusts.