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Fructose and High Blood Pressure

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The amont of fructose in the diet has increased dramatically in industrialized countries. High fructose corn syrup is a common source and is extensively used as a sweetener in soft drinks.Soda being poured into glass from can.

A nationwide survey of adults in the United States has found a strong association between increased intake of fructose and high blood pressure.

The study was based on a survey of 4528 adults who did not have a history of high blood pressure. The average dietary intake of fructose by the whole group was 74 grams a day. This is equivalent to two and a half cans of sugary soft drinks each day.

People who ingested more fructose than 74 grams a day showed an increase in high blood pressure. High fructose intake was found in 26% of those in the group who had blood pressure of 135/85 or higher. When looking at those with a blood pressure of 160/100 or higher, 77% had a high intake of fructose.

So if you cut out the sodas, your blood pressure will be more likely to remain normal.

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Dr. Adams is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His MPH is from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Adams is retired from the position of Medical Director of Tarrant County Public Health in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the developer of the Best Weigh nutrition and weight loss program. He is also the author of the Handbook of Health Evangelism and Jesus Was Thin: So You Can Be Thin Too.