The average American consumes between 3300 and 3400 milligrams of sodium/day. This is considered too much sodium in the diet. According to the Dietary Guidelines, Americans ages 2 and up should limit their sodium intake to 2300 milligrams/day which is equivalent to about a teaspoon of salt. There are five populations of people who should reduce their sodium further to 1500 milligrams/day. People who are 51 years or older, people with diabetes or high blood pressure or kidney disease and all African Americans of any age are recommended to decrease their sodium intake to 1500 milligrams/day.