Excess salt ‘raises risk of diabetes’
EATING too much salty food almost doubles the danger of developing diabetes, research has found.
And the risk rises almost four-fold for those genetically predisposed to the condition.
A study of almost 3,000 people found just under half a teaspoon extra a day increased the risk of Type 2 diabetes, the form linked to obesity, by 65 per cent.
Participants with the highest consumption, one-and-a-quarter excess teaspoons or more, were 72 per cent more likely to develop it than those with the lowest salt intake. The risk of developing a form of Type 1 diabetes in adulthood was even greater, increasing 82 per cent for each 2.5g consumed daily.
Dr Bahareh Rasouli, of The Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said: “We confirm an association between intake of sodium (a key salt ingredient) and Type 2 diabetes.
“These findings may have important implications in the primary prevention of diabetes with adult onset.”
The NHS advises adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day, about a teaspoon, and children even less.
The research is published in the journal Diabetologia.
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