Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day WED 17 SEP 14
It's never too late to mend broken bridges! Take the initiative and call an old friend.
  • Good House Keeping
    Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo returns to our cover this September issue and gets candid about money, marriage, and motherhood.
    Good Housekeeping
  • Women's Health
    Drop two sizes fast—with simple exercises you can do at home! This month's ultimate weight-loss special shows you how. Plus, real women share how you, too, can shed and keep off excess weight for good.
    Women's Health
Jennifer Chan, Staff Writer
 
March 28, 2012

Replacing Sugar with Protein May Lower Your Blood Pressure

Research suggests a possible way of regulating your blood pressure. By Jennifer Chan

Do you suffer from high blood pressure? If so, consider changing your diet. According to a recent study that appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, overweight people who replace their sugar with protein show signs of reduced blood pressure

In the study, 99 overweight adults with slightly elevated blood pressure levels were made to drink sugary drinks with their meals for two weeks. Afterward, they were randomly split into two groups. One group was given a protein supplement to be added to water, while the other was given a sweet carbohydrate called maltodextrin for the next four weeks. At the end of the study, researchers hoped to find out just what could be done to ease high blood pressure. 

Upon analysis of results, researchers learned that those who consumed the protein supplement drink lost five points from their systolic measurement, compared to those who drank the carb juice.

At this point, though, it is not clear whether the increase in protein intake or the decrease in carb intake was responsible for the lower blood pressure. Lead researcher Karianna Teunissen-Beekman of Maastricht University in the Netherlands said further research needs to be done before a conclusion can be made. She also added that, regardless of the results, living a healthy lifestyle overall is important for regulating your blood pressure and reaping other health benefits.

 

(Photo by Chef Cooke via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Staff Writer
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
Latest Articles by This Author
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
5 Ways to Boost Weight Loss
Lose those inches faster!  Sep 16, 2014 
Try This: FN's Skinny Iced Latte
Your caffeine fix, sans the guilt.  Sep 11, 2014 
REVIEW: Takshing Healthcare and Beauty Center's Electrotherapy
Staff writer Ira Nopuente shares her unconventional R&R experience.   Sep 09, 2014 
7 Fitness Tips for the Busy Girl
This is your official hashtag: #WillPower  Sep 08, 2014 
Why You Need to Address Those Sleep Problems Now
Researchers found a possible association between poor sleep and faster brain volume decrease.  Sep 05, 2014 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT