High blood pressure: Added sugars 'more important than salt' in raising hypertension

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The health body explains: “Research suggests that sugar intake can actually increase salt sensitivity, leading to the enhanced negative effects of sodium on blood pressure.”

In 2017, The authors of a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reinforced this claim, saying: “Several functions of salt and sugar influence blood pressure and metabolism.

“For example, salt intake is linked to volume expansion, insulin resistance, and hypertension, while sugar intake is associated with enhanced salt sensitivity via urinary sodium retention, insulin resistance and hypertension.”

The study discovered an association between sugar intake and high blood pressure in older women.



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