13 Dec Reducing Added Sugar May Reduce Hypertension and Obesity
Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. DiNicolantonio: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of premature mortality in the developed world, and hypertension is its most important risk factor. Controlling hypertension is a major focus of public health initiatives, and dietary approaches have historically focused on sodium.
A reduction in the intake of added sugars, particularly fructose, and specifically in the quantities and context of industrially-manufactured consumables, would help not only curb hypertension rates, but would also help address broader problems related to cardiometabolic disease.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. DiNicolantonio: Clinicians and patients should shift focus away from salt and focus greater attention to the likely more-consequential food additive: sugar.
Dr. DiNicolantonio: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Medical Research: Larger, longer clinical trials testing the metabolic consequences of ingesting sugar.