Less Sugar in the Diet could Curb High Blood Pressure

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Consuming less sugar in the diet could help curb high blood pressure according to findings from the American Society of Nephrology. High blood pressure leads to heart disease and can cause kidney damage. Now scientists suspect sugar might be a contributor to high blood pressure that also increases the risk of stroke.

Added sugar in beverages and foods correlates with rising rates of high blood pressure. The observation has led scientists to analyze the link between sugar in the diet and high blood pressure.


Scientists analyzed data from 4,528 US adults 18 years of age or older with no history of high blood pressure, taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2003-2006). They found that sugar intake equal to 2.5 soft drinks daily correlated with a 26., 30, and 77 percent higher risk for rising blood pressure.

Simple lifestyle interventions can lower blood pressure and reduce the chances of heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. Consuming fructose from beverages, baked goods and candy corresponds with the rising rates of hypertension seen over the past century that the scientists say is "dramatic".

The study conducted by Diana Jalal, MD (University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center) and her colleagues show that sugar intake is a modifiable risk factor for high blood pressure that can be controlled. More studies are needed to find a definite link between high blood pressure and sweets but the researchers say less sugar in the diet could possibly keep blood pressure lower.