Sugar Not So Sweet for Blood Pressure
the MPR take:
Dietary sugars have been linked to obesity and weight gain, but a new study has also suggested that they may impact blood pressure and serum lipids. A systematic review and meta-analysis of 39 randomized controlled trials on sugar intake and lipid or blood pressure outcome found that higher sugar consumption significantly increased triglyceride concentrations, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Sugar intake also was shown to affect systolic and diastolic blood pressure; both the lipid and blood pressure associations were independent of body weight. This study is the first to suggest an association between sugar consumption among individuals eating typical diets and blood pressure and lipids.
Eating too much sugar can lead to obesity, and weight gain can contribute to high blood pressure—that's been known for years now. The study is one of the first to connect this one-two punch from sugar among people eating average diets—the participants were not provided measured amounts of sugar by the researchers but rather reported on how much sugar they consumed as part of their daily diet.
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