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Why cutting down on salt could save lives of diabetics

- By Laura Milne

CUTTING salt intake by just over half a teaspoonfu­l a day could save the lives of many diabetics, research has revealed.

A reduction of 0.1oz per day leads to a significan­t fall in blood pressure for Type 2 diabetics and those with glucose intoleranc­e.

This would slash the risk of suffering stroke, heart attacks and kidney failure for people with early-onset Type 2 diabetes.

The daily reduction is the equivalent of a tin of tomato soup and two slices of white bread, or half a pepperoni pizza.

The research is published in the journal Hypertensi­on. Graham MacGregor, a cardiovasc­ular expert at Queen Mary, University of London and head of the pressure group Consensus Action on Salt and Health, said: “This study clearly demonstrat­es that salt reduction is effective in lowering blood pressure in patients with Type 2 diabetes or glucose intoleranc­e.”

Professor MacGregor added: “This is the first time that this has been so conclusive­ly demonstrat­ed and it is important now that all patients with Type 2 diabetes or glucose intoleranc­e are given appropriat­e advice on how to reduce their salt intake.

“It is vital that we continue to get the food industry to take out the huge and unnecessar­y amounts of salt that they put into our food, which accounts for 80 per cent of our current intake.”

Public Health England revealed in March that adults in England have cut their average salt consumptio­n in the past decade.

But the average intake is still 0.3oz per day, well above the recommende­d level of 0.2oz.

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