People with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have high blood pressure. The same is also true for people with type 2 diabetes. For some people, whether they have diabetes or not, their blood pressure can go up with eating more salt. This is known as “salt sensitivity” where consuming more salt leads to higher blood pressure. New research in young people with type 1 diabetes shows that they can be more salt-sensitive compared to people without diabetes. High blood pressure is an important risk factor for serious diabetes complications, including heart disease and kidney failure. Therefore, limiting salt in the diet can help people with type 1 diabetes control their blood pressure. Most salt comes from eating pre-prepared and processed foods (for example, foods that come in packages) and not from adding salt during cooking at home. This is why it is important for people with diabetes to eat a healthy diet.
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