How does sugar affect blood pressure?
Sugar contributes to high blood pressureFructose is a major component in sugar, and fructose increases uric acid levels in the blood, which in turn interferes with nitric oxide production. Reduced levels of nitric oxide lead to a loss of flexibility in the blood vessels, which leads to high blood pressure.
It should not be concluded that fructose increases blood pressure in hypotensive people, but loss of vascular flexibility contributes to thrombosis and atherosclerosis. We don't need it.
Sugar contributes to weight gain
Glucose is another component of sugar and a major source of energy. If it enters the body in excessive amounts, it is transformed into energy stores —first into glycogen, the body's mobile carbohydrate reserve, and if there is enough of it, into fat.
Obesity leads to high blood pressure. Research shows that every 4.5 kg increase in body weight leads to an increase in systolic blood pressure by 4 mm Hg.
Sugar causes hyperinsulinemia
Hyperinsulinemia occurs when insulin levels in the blood are higher than normal. Insulin is a hormone that delivers glucose to cells. This condition is associated with excessive sugar intake and develops when the body becomes less sensitive to insulin and cannot use it effectively to turn sugar into energy.
If left untreated, hyperinsulinemia can also lead to high blood pressure. Studies have shown that about half of people with hypertension have hyperinsulinemia or glucose intolerance.
What’s the conclusion?
Excessive long-term consumption of sugar can cause hypertension, but that doesn’t mean that people who suffer from low blood pressure should increase their blood pressure with sweets. It will lead to other undesirable health problems.
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