people eat about 6 to 18 grams of table salt (sodium chloride) each day. That's about 1
to 3 teaspoons. People with diabetes are told to limit sodium. This helps prevent or
control high blood pressure.
USDA says to limit sodium to less than 2,300 mg per day. It also says you should have no
more than 1,500 mg per day if you:
- Are African American
- Have high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney
- Are age 51 and older
The American Heart Association
(AHA) urges all people to limit sodium to no more than 1,500 mg a day. That's no matter
your age, health, or race. In some cases, your healthcare provider may tell you not to
do so. But cutting down on salt may help you stay off medicines for blood pressure.
Common ways to measure sodium are: