Study ties fructose to higher blood pressure

September 24, 2009 10:35:24 AM PDT
A diet high in the sugar fructose raises blood pressure in men, while a drug used to treat gout seems to protect against the blood pressure increase.Fructose has been widely used in sodas and processed foods since the 1980s.

Researchers say people in the study who consumed 200 grams of fructose a day quickly increased blood pressure. They also found that the drug allopurinol, which is used to treat gout, stopped the blood pressure increase.

These findings were presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association's high blood pressure research conference.