10 Tips For Living Healthily With Type 2 Diabetes

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / June 20th, 2022

7. Reduce your salt intake

Reduce your salt intake

Having type 2 diabetes, or being at risk of developing it, can mean that you also have a higher chance of having other health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.

Regularly eating foods with a high salt content can lead to high blood pressure, which can then also significantly increase your risk of experiencing heart disease or a stroke. The National Health Service recommend no more than 6g (1 tsp) of salt pr day. Therefore, it’s best to limit your intake of high salt foods including bacon, ham and other processed meats, salted nuts and crisps, olives, pickles, gravies and stocks, cheese and soy sauce.

Instead, try experimenting in the kitchen by cooking meals from scratch using fresh ingredients, and avoid adding salt during cooking and at the table. You can also have fun trying out different herbs and spices for flavour, and of course, black pepper!

High salt foods are best kept to a minimum, including processed meats, ready meals, gravies and certain snacks. Fresh or dried herbs and spices can be useful for adding flavour.


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