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New Research Suggests Sugar Is The Main Culprit In High Blood Pressure

28.10.2014

A recent study has shown that sugar, not salt, could be the main risk offender when it comes to battling high blood pressure.

Research has show that high sugar levels affect a key area in the brain which causes the heart rate to speed up and therefore makes blood pressure rise. It is also thought that sugar may cause a spike in our insulin levels, a hormone that also increases the heart rate.

 

 

These results were published in the American Journal of Cardiology, led by Dr James DiNicolantonio.

There has long been evidence to show the negative affects sugar has on our health and wellbeing, and this recent study further establishes that belief. 25% of adults in the UK have high blood pressure. Having raised blood pressure puts you at greater risk of suffering a stroke of a heart attack.

The current suggested sugar intake limit stated by Public Health England is no more than 5-6 teaspoons per day for women, and no more than 7-8 for men. But it has been shown that the average person consumes roughly 15 teaspoons of sugar every day – this is partially down to the hidden sugar within many processed foods and drinks. i.e. soft drinks, yoghurts and ready meals.

There are many products that contain higher levels of sugar than we’d expect or some that we wouldn’t think to contain any at all, and therefore don’t consider certain food and drink items to be contributing to our daily sugar intake as much as they are.

There is much talk of the damage salt does to our blood pressure, with low limits being recommended – however, in light of this recent research, perhaps salt isn’t the only additive we should be wary of.

Associate medical director of the British Heart Foundation, Mike Knapton explains that the best way to avoid high blood pressure is through eating a balanced diet.

We would be inclined to agree with Mike Knapton. It is true, as a nation we eat far too many processed foods and as a result, we consume both too much salt and too much sugar. Having high quantities of either will inevitably take it’s toll on your health and wellbeing.

Eating a balanced diet means eating real food, and here at The Healthy Employee we are huge advocates when it comes to looking after your health through eating the right food in order to feel and be at your absolute best.

 

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Nikki was addicted to sugar, consuming 50 teaspoons of the stuff every day! Find out how The Healthy Employee helped her kick the habit and how she is getting on now she has come out the other side. Click here.

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