Sugar vs. Salt: Which is Worse for the Heart?

December 12, 2014 6:18 PM

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Research on the potential benefits of sodium reduction for treatment of hypertension has yielded conflicting results, with some evidence suggesting that reducing sodium intake could actually increase cardiovascular and all-cause mortality in patients with diabetes.

A review in the journal Open Heart examines the role of sugar, not salt, in cardiometabolic health, as up to 80% of individuals with “essential” hypertension also exhibit insulin resistance and about 50% of hypertensive patients also have hyperinsulinemia. Numerous studies have linked sugar intake w...

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