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Sugar more dangerous than salt for hypertension

Although salt is considered the culprit for high blood pressure, sugar is more dangerous when it comes to cardiovascular diseases.

According to a recent study conducted by a group of American researchers, high levels of blood sugar affects a certain part of the brain that lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure.

The findings were supported by a recent survey involving 8,670 French adults. The results found no link between salt intake and hypertension.

The advice most often given is to not to eat much salt and reduce daily intake, experts warning that it increases the risk of stroke by 25%. Researchers who conducted the study recently published an article in the American Journal of Cardiology saying that "sugar, not salt, it may be the true causative factor of hypertension. This is supported by analysis of data obtained from several large-scale studies suggesting that sugar has a much stronger link with hypertension than sodium (table salt is sodium chloride, no). Encouraging people to reduce sugar intake, and not the salt intake could be a better nutritional strategy for controlling blood pressure. "

Experts group led by James DiNicolantonio, cardiovascular researcher at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, contradict the view that a decrease in salt consumption will lead to a decrease in the incidence of obesity and heart disease.

Their study shows that high blood sugar affects the brain area called the hypothalamus, leading to increased heart rate and blood pressure. Sugar leads to the production of large quantities of insulin, increasing heart rate.

In the opposite camp, Professor Graham McGregor, expert in cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary, University of London, said that the evidence showing sugar is responsible for high blood pressure "are incredibly weak," saying that many researches done for decades showed a strong link between salt intake and hypertension.