Salt linked to big di­a­betes risk in­crease

Daily Mirror - - 3AM WEEKEND - BY MARK WAGHORN

TOO much salt has been linked to a dra­mat­i­cally higher risk of di­a­betes.

An ex­tra 2.5g a day – half a tea­spoon – in­creased by 65% the risk of Type 2 di­a­betes, the kind which is linked to obe­sity.

The fig­ure was 82% for a form of Type 1 di­a­betes that ap­pears in adult­hood, known as LADA.

The dan­ger quadru­pled for those ge­net­i­cally pre­dis­posed to di­a­betes.

Dr Ba­hareh Ra­souli, of the Karolin­ska In­sti­tutet in Stock­holm, said: “We con­firm an as­so­ci­a­tion between sodium in­take and Type 2 di­a­betes.”

His team be­lieves sodium, which makes up 40% of salt, helps re­sist in­sulin, the hor­mone that con­trols glu­cose.

NHS ad­vice is to eat no more than 6g of salt a day.

PERIL Ex­tra salt is a haz­ard

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