Like Salt, Sugar Might Boost Blood Pressure, Researchers Say
By KRISTINA FIORE, MedPage Today Staff Writer
Feb. 28, 2011
People with high blood pressure may have to start watching their sugar as well as their salt, new research suggests.
In a new study, those who consumed the most sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and fruit juices had higher blood pressure readings, Dr. Ian J. Brown of Imperial College London, and colleagues reported in the journal Hypertension.
The data “suggest that individuals who consume more soda and other sugar-sweetened soft drinks may have higher blood pressure levels than those who consume less, and the problem may be exacerbated by higher salt intake,” Brown said in an email to MedPage Today and ABC News.