Ex­cess salt ‘raises risk of di­a­betes’

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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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