Startling Research Findings: A Newly Discovered Cause Of High Blood Pressure And Obesity?
If you have been reading my recent articles about fructose you will probably recognize Dr. Richard Johnson. Dr. Johnson is one of the physicians on the cutting edge of sugar metabolism research today, his focus being on how the overabundance of sugar in the American diet -- particularly fructose -- is causing obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and a number of other health problems in staggering numbers. In this lecture, Dr. Johnson takes a more historical approach to obesity and cardiovascular disease, reviewing the important uric acid connection and some interesting evolutionary findings related to the way humans metabolize sugar. Cardiology is a Relatively NEW Field Obesity rates have paralleled sugar consumption trends in Western civilization. Although the obesity epidemic is relatively recent, obesity is not a new phenomenon. In 1860, the prevalence of a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher (which defines obesity) was 1.6 percent among 50 year-old men. By 1900, it had tripled, and it has sharply increased over the past century. Like obesity, hypertension was also rare prior to the twentieth century: In 1900, only 5 percent of the population had a blood pressure of 140/90 or high Continue reading >>