High Fructose Diet May Cause Higher Blood Pressure

A diet high in fructose could increase the likelihood of developing hypertension, according to researchers . A high fructose diet could lead to high blood pressure.
For this study, the research leader Diana Jalal, from University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center, examined 4,528 adults 18 years of age or older with no previous history of hypertension .
The researchers calculated the participants fructose intake through fruit juices, bakery products, soft drinks and candy.
The analysis uncovered that people who ate or drank 74 grams plus daily of fructose or 2.5 sugary soft drinks daily had at an increased risk of developing hypertension.
A diet of 74 grams plus of fructose daily led to a 28pct, 36pct, and 87pct higher risk for blood pressure levels of 135/85, 140/90, and 160/100 mmHg, respectively.
The authors concluded that these results indicate that high fructose intake in the form of added sugars is significantly and independently related to higher blood pressure levels in the American adult population with no prior history of hypertension.
The researchers added that further studies are necessary to see if low fructose diets can normalise blood pressure and keep hypertension at bay.
The findings were presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, California .

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