Though excessive sodium intake is regarded as a crucial factor related to developing and worsening of diabetes complications, data on this topic in elderly patients with diabetes are sparse. We investigated the associations between sodium intake and diabetes complications in a nationwide cohort of elderly Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes aged 65 - 85 years. The present analysis was conducted among Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes from outpatient clinics in 39 university and general hospitals in Japan. Data were analyzed on 912 individuals whose dietary intake at baseline was assessed by the Food Frequency Questionnaire based on food groups. Primary outcomes were times to diabetic retinopathy, overt nephropathy, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality during 6 years. Cox regression analyses estimated hazard ratios (HRs) for dietary intake adjusted for age, gender, body mass index, HbA1c, smoking, energy intake, and other confounders Mean sodium intake in quartiles ranged from 2498 mg to 5910 mg/day and more than three-quarters of participants had sodium intake more than the recommended dietary allowance by American Diabetes Association (< 2300 mg/day). After adjustment for confounders, HRs for complications in patients with sodium intake in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quartiles compared with sodium intake in the 1st quartile were analyzed, and no significant differences were shown between sodium intake and complications. Among patients whose vegetable intake was less than the average of 268.7 g, HRs for diabetic retinopathy in patients in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quartiles of sodium intake compared with the 1st quartile were 0.87 (95% CI, 0.31-2.41), 2.61 (1.00-6.83), and 3.70 (1.37-10.02), respectively. Findings indicated that high sodium intake under conditions of low vegetable intake is associated with elevated incidence of diabetic retinopathy in elderly patients with type 2 diabetes.


C. Horikawa: None. T. Moriya: None. H. Sone: Research Support; Self; Astellas Pharma Inc., Eisai Co., Ltd., Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd., Novo Nordisk, Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. A. Araki: None. R. Aida: None. S. Tanaka: None. C. Kamada: None. S. Tanaka: None. Y. Yoshimura: None. R. Kodera: None. K. Fujihara: None. R. Kawasaki: None.


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