Study of Allopurinol may help in lowering blood pressure in men.
POSTED: Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 9:25am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
New research shows an extremely high fructose diet increases blood pressure in men, but a drug used to treat Gout could counter that effect.
Fructose is a commonly used sweetener and is known to raise uric acid levels, which doctors say affects blood pressure. The drug Allopurinol treats gout by lowering uric acid levels, so researchers at the University of Colorado in Denver wanted to test its effects on high blood pressure. Half of the men in the study also took daily doses of the gout drug and after only two weeks, the men not taking the drug had significant increases in their blood pressure. Those on the diet plus the drug had lower uric acid levels and no increase in blood pressure.