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Old 07-05-2019, 06:26   #1
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I've been on very low salt diet for ~twenty years since my blood pressure gradually went up.

I use Kosher salt on rare occasions and not very much.

What's the impact of salt on my efforts to lower BG?

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I haven't seen anything that says salt (sodium) directly effects blood glucose but I have seen studies suggesting that too little sodium can cause insulin resistance. This article links to a few and mentions a few other issues with not getting enough sodium in your diet.

My BP increased over the years of eating a low salt diet. The only thing I would add salt to was watermelon and tomatoes. I was put on BP meds in 2015, I was taking 100 mg metaprolol and 20 mg lisinopril and have been weened off all the metaprolol and only take 2.5 mg (2 point 5) of lisinopril. Since starting the BP meds I have increased my sodium intake, but I use pink Himalayan sea salt instead of table salt.

You can search the www and find lots of articles discussing the general advice of reducing sodium being wrong for about 90-95% of the people that are advised to do so to reduce BP.

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the general advice of reducing sodium being wrong for about 90-95% of the people
Like fat, salt has become a convenient villain for much deeper nutritional issues.

Sodium intake is particularly important for people doing low-carb or keto ways of eating. Higher levels of carbs in the body help the body retain an appropriate level of sodium; on low-carb or keto, the body tends to flush out the sodium rather than retain it. So an increased daily level of sodium (and potassium and magnesium, for similar reasons) is quite important.

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I am new here. Thanks for these good points on salt. I fully agree.

My toughest thing now is figuring out whether my periods of low energy and flatness is due to
A) too low electrolytes
B) 30g carbs a day is just too low, I should up it a bit.

A) Electrolytes work for me most times but not always...
B) I live well and easy with say 30g carbs and I really don't want to go that route again.

Tough to fine tune this properly.

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It is, Carel. But the way I feel when I get it right...

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