High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, diabetes, kidney failure and other diseases.
Sugar may be as big a villain as salt in raising blood pressure. The typical modern diet, packed with both salt and sugar, is worst of all, says Dr Harry G Pruess of Georgetown University Medical School in USA.
In animal studies, he finds salt and sugar together boost blood pressure more than either alone. Sugar appears to disrupt the metabolism of insulin, a hormone that helps to regulate blood pressure (and blood sugar).
The heavy consumption of sugar also induces salt and sugar retention, which in turn raises blood pressure.
Sugar contributes to thousands of heart deaths every year — Prof. Peter Kuo, chief of cardiology, Rutgers Medical School, USA.
From CAP Guide: How Sugar Destroys Your Health. Available here: https://consumer.org.my/product/how-sugar-destroys-your-health/