Tuesday, July 6, 2010

High Sugar Diet Linked to High Blood Pressure, Kidney Problems

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

Added sugars are as big of a 'no-no' as trans fats these days. We are advised to read nutrition labels, searching for sugar content and check the ingredients list to look for hidden sources of sugar and yet those sugars continue to sneak into our diets. Now, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, one in three Americans suffers from high blood pressure, which seems to be associated with dietary sugar intake.

While the link is not explicitly clear, the study found a link between an increase in sugar intake and the rise of the incidence of high blood pressure. High blood pressure, in turn, is a precursor and a huge risk factor for conditions like strokes, heart disease and kidney failure.

It was found in the study that most people consume the amount of sugar found in four soft drinks each day! The more fructose and simple sugars consumed by the individuals in the survey, the higher their blood pressure was. Even though the study was based on American data, Canadians do lead similar lifestyles, and can take heed based on this information. According to one of the researchers who worked on the study, "There is no question that fructose itself appears to have effects that other sugars don't have,".

Find out more about this research by reading the article called "Too much fructose could raise your blood pressure" from Reuters Health (July 1, 2010).