- High intake of salt may increase diabetes risk
- Higher sodium intake was also linked with developing LADA
- Researchers confirm link between sodium intake and type 2 diabetes
The findings revealed that people who consumed more than 7.3 grams of salt per day showed a 72 percent increased risk as compared to those with lowest below six grams. According to the researchers, the association of sodium that makes up at least 40 percent of salt may be because of direct effect on insulin resistance, and/or by promoting obesity and high blood pressure.
Furthermore, higher sodium intake in the form of salt was also linked with a high risk of developing Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA). LADA is a form of Type-1 diabetes in which insulin-producing cells in the pancreas are deteriorated by the body's own immune system. The study further showed that the effect of sodium intake on the risk of developing LADA was even greater, with a 73 percent increase for each gram of salt consumed daily.
"We confirm an association between sodium intake and type 2 diabetes (and that) high sodium intake may be a risk factor for LADA, especially in carriers of high risk HLA genotypes," said lead author Bahareh Rasouli from IMM, while presenting the paper at annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 2017 in Lisbon.
With Inputs from IANS
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