postheadericon Avoid Diabetes Complication with a Low Sodium Diet

Diabetes complication starts setting in once the diabetic faces high sugar level. A diabetic meal plan works at its best when it consists of low glycemic index foods, portion control, carbohydrate counting and prepared by cutting back on salt with a low sodium diet. This seems to be surprisingly new and recently added factor for diabetes care but it is not new. Cutting back on salt does create more benefits for a diabetic.


Diabetics who are watching their carbohydrates intake, going for least refined sugar and now cutting back on salt also,feel that flavor of meals becomes less palatable and this makes it boring to continue on diabetic management. But it is worth the effort and with little focus it becomes second nature.


Having diabetes raises the risk of hypertension, signs of kidney problems, heart disease and retinopathy and neuropathy symptoms. In advanced stages even edema which causes water weight gain and slows activities of legs and feet. Keeping blood sugar and blood pressure levels in the normal range is important to help protect these added complications and espacially kidneys and blood vessels. Avoiding too much salt in the diet and cutting back on salt is to be practiced, as disease prevention for CKD (chronic kidney disease) and hypertension (high blood pressure).


All this is easy to follow once you are mentally prepared to accept the fact that health is precious and you have to adopt new flavors for cooked food and enjoy the sweetness of fruits and herbs in your cooked food along with some salt.


Salt is needed by the human body, as it regulates the amount of fluid that includes blood also in our body. It consists of two main nutrients that our body requires and that is Sodium and chloride. Chloride helps in digestion of food.


The daily salt requirement



  • For an adult (from the age of 19-50 year old) is 1500 milligram of sodium or 3.8 grams of salt daily


  • For 50-70 year olds it is determined as 3.3 grams or 1300 milligram daily


  • For 70 – and older it is further reduced to 3.0 grams of salt or 1200 miligram of sodium every day




Just like refined sugar salt in diet has to be taken with care and only in the amount required by an individual body. This requirement effects everybody differently. Espacially if you are diabetic and have a risk of hypertension that brings blood vessels problems, cardiovasculare disease and signs of kidney problems, you have to be extra catuious and use less salt.



But it is not very easy to determin the amount of salt in meals as all food contains natural salt and at the sametime preparation adds more added salt. You can measure the amount of salt once you measure and prepare all foods from scratch yourself. This seems almost impossible because of the time and busy lifestyles of today.



However, it is a state of your mind once you decide to eat the right amount of salt every day, simply be prepared and train your mind positively by knowing its benefits to your health as a diabetic and this new lifestyle change will be easy to follow, in few months you will become so used to it that your mind will not accept over salted food.


Planning your meals ahead of time is the key here as according to research almost 75 % of the sodium comes from processed food and packaged food.


Unprocessed foods, like lean meat, vegetables and herbs, all are unprocessed foods and lowest in sodium. Processed meat has already too much salt than required. As the newest method recommended by American food and drug administration and introduced by Michelle Obama, the first lady is the plate method. Using half of the plate from non starchy fresh leafy green vegetables and fruit while using a dressing with no salt or less salt can help you maintain the low salt diet plan. Lean meat portion simply baked or microwaved with herbs of your choice and a limited amount of healthy fat like Olive oil or Canola oil, will prepare the best meal for a diabetic in minutes.


Fresh unprocessed foods include


  • Fruits that are fresh and seasonal
  • Fresh non starchy vegetables espacially leafy green
  • Beans, peas and lintels, not packed and cooked in a can
  • Whole grain foods prepared without salt and whole grain flour, like whole grain bread, pasta, brown rice and similar other simple carbohydrates
  • Unsalted nuts and seeds



Simply put all natural foods and natural food products with only the required amount of salt are best to use to fit your condition as a diabetic.


Some foods that have an excessive amount of salt


  • Preserved foods
  • frozen meals
  • most of the cheeses
  • canned vegetables and canned beans
  • processed or cured meats
  • deli meats
  • some sauces, like soy sauce, spaghatti sause, or terriyaki sauce, Buy the lighter version or make your own



Remember, health is personal wealth that is to be cherished with attention, and focus to your physical needs and requirement and just like all other kinds of wealth it makes you touch limitless boundries to achieve goals and also a dream life even in your golden years. So make it a part of your lifestyle even when you have diabetes. Least refined sugar and low salt in the diet will bring awesomely noticable change to diabetes management. :-)





The sole purpose of this information is health awareness. This information is real and based on facts. It is not a substitute for medical care from your doctor or health care provider. Please check with your doctor on any related matter that concerns you for your health and well being.


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79 Responses to “Avoid Diabetes Complication with a Low Sodium Diet”

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    • Fran Aslam:

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  • Hi Fran,
    We should be careful in taking extra sugar or salt in our diet.I also believe that prevention is better than cure.
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Prevention is better than cure, is a proverb that is believed for past so many years by most of the people globally. I also believe in it. Actually health awareness is an online keyword with the same concept. Well let’s say great minds think alike. Have a good one.

  • Once we suffer from diabetes we should know what to avoid even salty food, because too much salt will infect our kidney. instead of suffering from diabetes only another illness will come and deadly to human being once we don’t limit ourselves from food.
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Kate your comment explains how well you understand diabetes and this makes me feel good, as awareness of the disease is like preventing it before it attacked, and you are one of the lucky ones. Take good care of yourself.

      • Thank you so much Fran, I feel happy helping other people like you do. for other readers learn from us how to take good care of our body.
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        • Fran Aslam:

          Wow Kate, I fell you have outstanding qualitites to devote time for this selfless cause to help others. But it is not fruitless you will get its return with some other benefits that will naturally improve your life, and your good deeds list will become longer which is even more regarding.
          Keep up this jounry. Thanks

  • Hi Fran,

    Its been a while, I see you are still writing health related posts. That is a good thing. I’m starting to do the same on my blog from time to time although it’s still a Internet marketing blog.

    For those who do not and can’t use salt it’s though because even though you stay away from it. It’s in everything so to speak. Salt is very hard to avoid even if you are avoiding it. So if you are a diabetic heed the words in this post for best health.

    We must realize with out health nothing else really matters so we should all do healthy things even though it may be uncomfortable to us.

    Catch you later Fran. Keep on keeping on,

    Terry Conti

    PS. Sorry for being away for so long Fran but it’s all explained when you visit my blog.
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Hi my friend Terry, how are you doing, it is nice to see you here. Hope weather is warm at your neck of the wood. Here it is cloudy and muggy and hot unexpectedly. I have selected health awareness as my niche to write about as it is an information that is needed by many people and they can put it to better use. Though I know I never got the domain and changed my blog just like that, as I was not sure if I will be able to write what is required and now I am so fluent in it that I can write on several topics by closing my eyes. What You said is right salt is in every food naturally but for taste we add more and that is how it exceeds than the required amount needed and that brings the risk of high blood pressure and kidney and lots of other related problems.

      I agree with you that health really matters. I am going to visit your blog soon as you do write well planned and outstanding posts that add to total perception. Keep up th good work and enjoy the week.

  • Here’s is a clear guide on how to manage diabetes or even prevent it from ever residing in your body. With constant vigilance and discipline, you’ll be able to have a normal body and strengthen it at the same time. Diabetes is very common nowadays, that’s why I find this article very useful.

    • Fran Aslam:

      Hi Emily, nice to see you here, and I agree with you about diabetes, it is a giant epidemic impacting humans globally, and awareness of this is extremely impotant for everryone to avoid it or to treat it and helping others by passing the information to others. Thanks for reading the post and writing a positive comment. See you again. I like your product that you are selling on your site, wishing you a good turnover from your store.

  • barry:

    With constant vigilance and discipline, you’ll be able to have a normal body and strengthen it at the same time. Diabetes is very common nowadays, that’s why I find this article very useful.
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  • Lisa:

    Once we ache from diabetes we should apperceive what to abstain even acrid food, because too abundant alkali will affect our kidney. instead of adversity from diabetes alone addition affliction will appear and baleful to animal getting already we don’t absolute ourselves from food.
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    Hi Fran.. I am just lucky enough to find your post and this is very interesting.. Thanks for the help regarding health issues..
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Dhyan thanks for visiting my site and reading the post that you found interesting. Please visit again for more informative health information. To your health

  • Carol:

    You have a good topic here. it is very interesting. thanks for sharing your knowledge.
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  • Danyelle Franciosa:

    I agree with you Frans. Due to higher level of sugar it 100% prone to diabetes but as some says that not only sugar that can cause diabetes but also excessive salts. Is it true? How come that it also may cause?
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Danyella thanks for asking this question. Blood sugars do not go to a higher level with salt. But excessive salt causes diabetes complications, like blood pressure, neuropathy and kidney disease and many other problems which makes a diabetic very unhealthy and full of pain and sick with life threatening diseases. Hope this helps.

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  • Its about time i avoided preserved foods. I eat canned and packed goods all the time, must be one of the reasons..
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Coletta your comment pleased me so much as you have decided to change your lifestyle for the better. Your comment supports me to verify that my effort of creating health awareness by writing on this topic is going to correct one person’s health to a better level. Thank you for sharing. Have an awesome day.

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    Hi Fran.. It is very important for us to know more about our health and have a healthy living always especially when we are already growing old..Thank you for this one.
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Giselle the importance of knowing about health and using it to better our health and health of or friends and family is very important. I agree with you. Have a good one

  • Carol:

    very true! Just eat healthy food and exercise regularly. I love this post.
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  • Born27:

    This is a very useful post! Eating less sugar foods and low in sodium can make us live well and more healthy!
    Thanks for this post it made me realize how important to eat properly.
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Thanks Born27 for reading the post and agreeing the importance of less sugar and salt espacially for a diabetic. To your best health.

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  • Heidi19:

    Great post Fran! providing us this kind of information on how to Avoid Diabetes Complication is really a big help. I know that a lot of people will benefit from this. Again thank you so much and i’m looking forward to read more from you.
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Heidi thanks for feeling the importance of informtion that empowers you for awareness of the disease. Have an awesome day.

  • What? Salt can also aggravate diabetes? I guess I have a lot of misconceptions to clear.
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Hi Harris salt does not aggravate blood sugars, but it does create more COMPLICATIONS, when salt is used excessivly during diabetes, starting from blood pressure, heart disease, hardening of the arteries and blood vassels. It is a cycle of diseases that never ends if planned and preventative eating plan is not applied during diabetes. Any questions? let me know if you have. Thanks.

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    • Fran Aslam:

      Will there ever be a cure for diabetes? First of all I say nothing is impossible so efforts for finding cure must never stop. But other alternatives must be stressed by the educators and applied by food and drug administration of all the countries for curing obesity, so at least diabetes 2 is eliminated from the face of earth. Once authoritites make sure that over caloried and percentage of added fats in food sold is normal from kids to all ages, and exercise necessary part of life, diabetes 2 will occur rarely. Heredity and environmental causes of diabetes once eliminated very few will get th disease. But when every society wants to make money without thinking the after math, it will take a long time and few generations for diabetes to reduces globally. Thanks for reading the post.

  • When someone has a diabetes, he must need to do the ways to avoid complication of having diabetes. The important information on this blog must need to be followed for someone who has a diabetes in order to avoid complication. This is very useful information.
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    Greetings! Very useful advice within this post! It is
    the little changes that will make the most important changes.
    Thanks for sharing!
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  • I agree with you, this information about diabetes is good for everyone including the student. The mission and purpose of this blog is health awareness that empowers a person with information that can be used as needed for friends or for self.
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Mike Jones Thanks for for reading this health awareness post. and remember Health is Wealth save it for an outstanding and happy life all the way. Have a nice week end.

  • Excessive use of salt and sugar in our diet is really harmful for our health. We should take a suggested amount of salt and sugar on daily basis.
    I am also interested in post related to vitamins. Please share some knowledge on this topic.
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Hi Mehwish

      You are right on the dot. Both sugar and salt are to be used carefully, but sugar is to be avoided to maintain low blood sugars and salt is to be restricted to keep blood pressure in control to avoid diabetes complications.

      As far as vitamins deficiency goes it is an extremely big topic for one post, If you need a general outlook or a detailed information about one of the vitamin deficency. Please let me know.


  • Carmen Reid:

    Too much of everything is bad for our health, so we should balance our diet (especially salt and sugar), have a regular exercise routines, and relaxation, in order to avoid health problems.
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  • Alex from Albire dinti:

    Yet another interesting article. I wanted to ask you this a few days ago, but I got stuck at work, so I’m going to ask you now: how do you do it? Are you a doctor?

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    Wonderful blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Starting writing a blog is always tempting for those who have writing skills. Just make a plan understand what do you exactly want, write up your step by step goals and keep working on it by writing daily or few times a week. Focus on the topic and provide elite information to the readers and become a popular blogger in your field. Good luck.

  • Diabetes is one of the most hard diseases. Aside from the many complications that arise, treatment of the disease is not available. It is a disease one will forever have. It is really best to be careful of every food intake.

  • I’ve been doing this diet since I had been diagnosed with diabetes, but I don’t know how long I can keep it. Some of my favorite meals contain sodium, it is really hard from me to hold that diet during my whole life…
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Effort brings results, once you get bored with your meal planning think of the good results you are getting with it. That will keep you going. I admire your strength for doing it.


    It’s remarkable to go to see this site and reading the views of all friends on the topic of this article, while I am also zealous of getting know-how.

  • Dora:

    There are some other opinions as well, salt helps us and our organs to keep the water balanced in the cells. Of course, an unhealthy amount of salt can lead to several problems, not only complications with diabetes, but it increases the danger of a heart attack as well.
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  • travel:

    think that is the best article thet i have read
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  • Hanna from fogbeültetés:

    Low sodium diets might be effective to avoid diabetes complication but I am afraid it isn’t goof for the health to make long lasting low sodium diets, our immune system needs sodium as well…
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    • Fran Aslam:

      Hi Henna

      Thanks for visiting my blog reading the post and writing a comment. In my blog post I did not say not to eat salt. But generally, a person has enough natural salt in all natural products. Then we cook food with salt and add more and more for enhanced flavor. Espacially resturant food, pre packaged foods have a lot of salt in many countries of the world. So watching salt intake is very important for those who are not healthy in general and for diabetes complications. Talk to you again. I did read your blog translated by google in English.

  • SarahAnne from Burden Of Disease:

    If any human being follow the tips about daily salt requirement,then he doesn’t need to worry about diabetes.
    Very informative post you have posted .

  • Laura from SopCast Download:

    Another great article. Have you considered creating an ebook? Lots of people do that: create an ebook based on their blog posts and in order to read it, people have to pay an amount of money (3-5-10 USD) to download it.

  • Deon from MakeMoneyOnline:

    I am diabetic, however my BP has remained under control. I do watch my food intake, and as one got used to the low fat, low salt, and less sugar diets, it will become a way of life. Most of all, exercises with doctor’s recommendations are utmost essential.
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  • Hi, My mother is Diabetic, she is very careful about it but sometime without any reason her level becomes high and she started to loose her weight. Is it routine or we can do any thing special for her?

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