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High-sodium Diet Increases Risks of Cardiovascular Diseases in Type 2 Diabetics

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Published on : Jul 24, 2014

A new research has found relation between the amount of salt in diet of diabetics and their chances of suffering from cardiovascular diseases. The research has stated that diabetics who have a high-salt diet are on a higher risk of having a chronic heart disease as compared to the ones who eat less salt. 

The study’s findings provide evidences that support the benefits of a low-sodium diet on the chances of reducing heart diseases among diabetics.  

The study undertook a survey of people from 59 outpatient centers and universities. The participants were of ages between 40 to 70 years and were clinically diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Information of diet was provided by 1,588 people. The researchers analyzed the health of patient’s hearts over a period of eight years. 

For the study, the participants were divided in four groups based on their sodium intake. The people who consumed the highest amount of sodium from the four groups, at an average of nearly 5.9 grams every day, had the risk of developing a heart disease two times higher as compared to the group that consumed sodium at an average of 2.8 grams every day. It was also found that the risks of a heart disease also increased multiple times by a poor blood sugar control.

The study entails one simple thing: If you are a type 2 diabetic and you are worried about the chances of having a heart disease, watch on the diet and consume lesser salt.

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