How Much Sodium Do You Need? (Page 5)

2. Your Blood Sugar

"The blood vessels of people with diabetes are ­already stiffer, more brittle and more calcified, so they are more likely to experience the adverse effects of high blood pressure," says Elliott Antman, M.D., a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and president-elect of the American Heart Asso­ciation. That makes prevention crucial. If you’re diabetic but don’t have high blood pressure, the American Diabetes Association recommends no more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day. If you have hypertension, limit yourself to 1,500 mg daily.

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