Diabetes and Sodium

Lizziebug
By Lizziebug Latest Reply 2010-08-06 08:03:16 -0500
Started 2009-12-12 10:25:38 -0600

I was diagnosed with Diabetes 2, happy to report that I am doing very well, and blood work is coming back almost normal. I have changed my diet bit time but I have a water retention issue and the medication I am on helps a lot. I have lost over 50 lbs of water already, but I still have to watch my sodium intake. I notice a lot of recipes are low in everything else except sodium…any suggestions? Anyone else dealing with sodium issues/water retention. Open to advice, recipes, etc. I will be sharing some awesome recipes of my own soon. Thanks!


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Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-19 18:04:10 -0600 Report

I have a question—-I had trouble with "milk leg" during my last 2 pregnancies, and had trouble retaining fluid for many years.

However, during the past few years, ( child bearing years are OVER!!!) I collapsed from exhaustion, had many problems but really couldn't tell what was causing what——I had to go off salt during my child bearing years, but no one has informed me of changing my eating these days, even with losing a malignant kidney in Sept. the one was destroyed and the right one had been compensating for both for years—but seems to be OK. I am 77 yrs old, and Drs do not seem to think that I need to be careful of salt, I do have high blood pressure, have for about 10 years, used to be way low—-then the diabetis popped up 3 years ago—-still no diet to follow, so have gotten good tips and advice on this site and have been stumbling along—-

So, even tho Drs have not elaborated on salt free, just watch the ice cream and candy—-doesn't it make sense to AVOID future trouble with my one kidney by following some kind of plan?? Like no salt? My creatinine is fine——whatever that means—-They check my ankles but they do not swell—-is this just another one of those "border-line" situations? I seem to have been given another chance to live so don't want to blow it—-hate to eat without salt< BUT when I was pregnant I HAD TO!! Now there doesn't seem to be any critical reason, guess that it is up to me—-right? What do you think? I have started by not adding salt at the table, but still cook with it—just wondering——PR

Lizziebug
Lizziebug 2009-12-21 20:47:15 -0600 Report

For me personally, the less I use salt the need for it goes away. Now I taste the food, where before it was overwhelmed by salt taste. Now IF I have something with salt in it or on it I don't like it.
I literally have to stay away from it…it causes too much with water retention in me and how I feel and living a happy life is more important to me than having the salt. It's a small sacrifice for what really matters. I don't miss the sodium and my food tastes a heck of a lot better now. I also eat out less…

Lizziebug
Lizziebug 2009-12-19 15:22:45 -0600 Report

izziebug replied less than a minute ago[-]

I am working on putting all of my low sodium, low fat, low carb and no sugar recipes together and will be posting them soon.
I owe a big thank you to my husband who has taken it upon himself to go through my diabetes issues with me…
We BOTH have made lifestyle changes that benefit the whole family. Yes, this means taking the time to make a lot from scratch (which can be made ahead of time and frozen to be reheated if you have a busy life). I am also finding that the less I have of many foods, I start to lose interest in them and the cravings for them.
Honestly, taking care of your diabetes takes some work on our part…and knowing what the consequences are if I don't take care of it makes it all worth it.
Diabetes has been the root to many of my other medical problems and now that I'm making the time to do what is right, the results are amazing. You can't just count on your med's alone, you need to take responsibility of your own body and truly take care of it. Everyone finds time to sit in front of the computer, or stare at a t.v. set…what is more important? Make the decision and just do it. The decision SHOULD be YOU.

libra
libra 2009-12-16 20:27:17 -0600 Report

I am a Type 2 Diabetic and was recently diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, and am experiencing your symptoms. My nephrologist told me not to eat any salt and to beware of sodium in many of the processed foods. I am not permitted to use a salt substitute because they are high in potassium and my potassium is high. I am having a difficult time combining my diet for diabetes with no salt, low sodium, and low potassium. Would be interested in your recipes. Anyone know where I might find sample menus to follow?

Lizziebug
Lizziebug 2009-12-19 15:22:00 -0600 Report

I am working on putting all of my low sodium, low fat, low carb and no sugar recipes together and will be posting them soon.
I owe a big thank you to my husband who has taken it upon himself to go through my diabetes issues with me…
We BOTH have made lifestyle changes that benefit the whole family. Yes, this means taking the time to make a lot from scratch (which can be made ahead of time and frozen to be reheated if you have a busy life). I am also finding that the less I have of many foods, I start to lose interest in them and the cravings for them.
Honestly, taking care of your diabetes takes some work on our part…and knowing what the consequences are if I don't take care of it makes it all worth it.
Diabetes has been the root to many of my other medical problems and now that I'm making the time to do what is right, the results are amazing. You can't just count on your med's alone, you need to take responsibility of your own body and truly take care of it. Everyone finds time to sit in front of the computer, or stare at a t.v. set…what is more important? Make the decision and just do it. The decision SHOULD be YOU.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-12-19 17:40:00 -0600 Report

A good source for low-sodium and low-potassium meals (as well as other nutrients that need to be controlled) is from the Kidney Association in your state. I've had to write renal (kidney) diets for patients and my text books only gave a cursory brush (I am not a dietitian but a home economist who, after taking graduate work in nutrition, ended up administering dietary departments in healthcare organizations). Renal diets conrol for protein, sodium, potassium, phosphorous, and in a few cases, carbohydrates. If one is also diabteic they have to watch carbohydrate and fat intake, too. A combination renal/diabetic diet is the hardest one to create, and even harder to follow.

Susie624
Susie624 2009-12-15 18:26:49 -0600 Report

I to have a problem with water retention and take medication for it and do have lots of problems with bp.,which was 144 over 102 last week.Doctor said I could not go over 1800mg of sodium,which I am very careful .I use either fresh vegetables or look for no added salt in canned foods.Some times I take a craving for it and will eat two or three crackers and that will hold off the craving sometimes as long as two or three weeks.

Lizziebug
Lizziebug 2009-12-13 10:34:14 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone for your replies. I have found some really good recipes with very low sodium and no sodium at all and they are amazingly delicious. I plan on posting some of them later today.
Thanks again.
HUGS ~L

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-12 12:25:17 -0600 Report

I add no salt to my food. Once you get used to not eating salt, you don't miss it, or I don't anyway. And, if you need the taste of salt, just use the salt substitute. My last blood work, my sodium level was on the low side. I started this several years ago when I found out that I had high blood pressure.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2010-08-06 08:03:16 -0500 Report

I also have a reading below the 135 level.In fact my sodium has been low for the 3 yrs.Having a hard time finding inflo on what i can do,other than to add another doctor and more medicine.Any tips for me?
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BIRDY
BIRDY 2009-12-12 11:26:57 -0600 Report

yes , we are also in the same way.No salt for many years.It's also a good habit to avoid high blood pressure problem in the coming years.

Harlen
Harlen 2009-12-12 10:29:16 -0600 Report

I use NO-Salt to cut the sodium but still keep the taest
it works for me
best wishes
Harlen

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