I have T2D and I also have high blood pressure. I can only have 1500 mg of sodium a day. I need to find a healthy food regimen but I am having problems with getting the right foods for me to eat. Can you help or point me in the right direction?

Amy Campbell


Following a 1500 mg sodium eating plan can be somewhat challenging, but it’s certainly doable. I have two pieces of advice for you. First, do an Internet search on the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. The DASH diet is really a lifestyle approach to managing blood pressure that emphasizes a lower sodium intake along with fruits, vegetables, lean protein foods, nuts and whole grains. The focus is on choosing fresh, less processed foods (which tend to be quite high in sodium). There are plenty of eating guides and recipes available to help you get started. My second piece of advice is to meet with a dietitian. He or she can help you with an individualized eating plan that incorporates the principles of the DASH diet, while at the same time making sure that your eating plan addresses your diabetes, as well. Your doctor can provide you with a referral to a dietitian in your community.

July 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm