High blood pressure (or hypertension) is a condition where the blood pressure consistently remains at or above 140/90. It is a common problem in the United States, with its high-salt diets and generally high stress levels, and it has also been dubbed the “silent killer”. This is because people with high blood pressure often do not have any signs or symptoms related to this condition. However, it is a major risk factor for potentially fatal events like heart attacks or strokes. However, there are many lifestyle changes that people can make to help treat this condition naturally. One of them is to eliminate fructose from the diet. Read on to find out more.
Most people who have read about high blood pressure have probably read about the dangers of sodium in the diet. And while it is true that sodium-laden processed foods can have the effect of raising blood pressures, sugar too is a culprit. In one study, published in the journal Diabetes, it was found that 63% of those who have insulin resistance also have high blood pressure – and that both conditions are made worse by a diet that is high in sugars and grains (which also break down into glucose during digestion). This is especially true if this kind of diet is accompanied by a lack of physical activity. Also, it is important to note that as insulin levels rise, blood pressure rises, too. The two problems often go hand-in-hand.
Insulin and Blood Pressure Levels
Most people find the relationship between high insulin levels and high blood pressure confusing. It is not immediately obvious! The answer lies in one word: magnesium.
Insulin is a hormone which is able to store magnesium, a very important mineral for bodily health. However, as the body becomes more resistant to the insulin, it is no longer able to deliver the magnesium to the cells. When this happens, low magnesium levels can cause muscles around the arteries to constrict, which makes the diameter of the arteries smaller. This, in turn, can raise blood pressure significantly and put people at risk for other serious health conditions.
Any kind of sugar – including those found in not only desserts and sodas but those found in grains, potatoes and rice – will automatically spike up the blood sugar levels and increase insulin resistance and thus blood pressure. Thus, eliminating fructose and other kinds of sugars from the diet can help lower both blood sugar and blood pressure levels dramatically. This dietary restriction also helps to lower blood pressure by aiding people with weight loss: obesity is a major risk factor for elevated blood pressure levels as well. In short, the health of the body improves greatly when fructose and other forms of sugar are cut from the diet.
In short, diet can play a major role in controlling blood pressure levels. And lifestyle choices like eliminating fructose from the diet can have a real and significant impact on blood pressure and reduce the chances of fatal incidents of heart attacks or strokes.
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