Sugar Can Raise Your Blood Pressure 0Did you Know that Sugar Elevates Blood Pressure?
A new study has identified what to exclude from your diet, specifically, sugar. In the review, researchers analyzed 12 studies comprising 324 subjects and found that elevated sugar intakes of longer than 8 weeks produced significant increases in blood pressure. Specifically, while the overall effect of elevated sugar intake only caused a 1.4 mm Hg increase (p = 0.02) in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number), the strongest evidence came from a 2002 study showing that elevated sugar intake ((175 grams of sucrose per day for longer than 8 weeks produced a 5.3 mm Hg increase in diastolic blood pressure (p = 0.0005).
- Dave Fuller
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Processed Meat and Hot Dogs May Increase Heart Failure in Men 0
A recent study published in the online Journal Circulation has shown that as mens consumption of processed red meats goes up, so does the risk for heart failure, which means the heart can't pump blood as well as it should.
Men who ate roughly 2.6 ounces a day -- the equivalent of 2 or 3 slices of ham -- of processed red meats had a 28 percent higher risk of heart failure and more than twice the risk of death from heart failure compared with men who ate less than one ounce of processed meat daily, the researchers found.
However, the study doesn't prove a steady diet of bacon or ham will cause heart failure, it can only point to an association, said one expert not involved in the research.
Still, no association was found between unprocessed red meat such as beef or pork and heart failure, the researchers said.
Based on their findings -- published online June 12 in Circulation: Heart Failure