Surprising Sodium Effect on Blood Sugar
Now, a new study has revealed how eating too much sodium from salt may actually impact your blood sugar in a way you most likely never realized.
Susan C. Weller and Benjamin N. Vickers are researchers at the University of Texas's Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health. For a new study,
the pair started by pointing out that past data suggests half of all diabetes patients get a little too loose with the lifestyle changes they learn after they've finished working
with nutrition professionals and then subsequently step outside of the clinical setting. In other words, it's easier to stay disciplined with healthy diet and nutrition habits
whenever you're regularly tracking those with a professional.So, the research team set out to identify lifestyle habits diabetes patients can adopt to help maintain good control of their blood sugars
Interestingly, "self-monitoring of blood glucose, weight loss, and physical activity were not significantly associated with glycemic control," the researchers report.
Additionally, the researchers report, the factors that were associated with poor blood sugar control were non-adherence to taking medications, following a "diabetic diet"
and "changing eating habits for weight loss." The way these findings are reported, it seems perhaps these goals were just too general to keep participants inspired in sticking to them.
However, the scientists report, the following three diet changes had the biggest impact on keeping blood sugars at a healthy level: consuming low-calorie foods, eating less fat, and reducing sodium.
These three variables "were significantly associated with good glycemic control," the researchers state.
It's commonly known that reducing fat and calorie intakes can help many individuals lessen their risk of endocrinological disorders, like diabetes.
But what's the connection with sodium?A 2017 Medical News Today article provided the following explanation,based on a study that was new at the time.They stated that sodium impacts insulin resistance
but also because excess salt can lead to hypertension and gaining excess weight." And, as has been shown for years, hypertension
but especially being overweight put individuals at higher risk for diabetes.It's a compelling reminder that when it comes to bringing out the flavor, just a little salt can go a long way.
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