Blood pressure responses to the sugary drinks varied significantly. The study revealed distinct cardiovascular effects of the three sugars. Fructose stood out, inducing a sustained increase in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared to glucose and galactose.
However, galactose demonstrated a milder impact on heart rate, stroke volume, and cardiac output compared to glucose.
The results show that galactose offers unique effects on the cardiovascular system, setting it apart from both glucose and fructose. This study confirms the benefits of galactose for insulin-resistant patients struggling with obesity and/or diabetes.
Sugars like glucose and fructose trigger a sharp spike in blood sugar levels and then crash, leading to high insulin levels, cravings, and fluctuating energy levels. This also raises blood pressure and puts more strain on your heart rate.
Whereas galactose keeps blood sugar levels stable, reducing the need for insulin and keeping energy levels balanced, which impacts your blood pressure as well, keeping it stabilized and ensuring a gentler impact on your heart rate.
These findings challenge the conventional belief that all sugars have similar physiological responses. Classic sugars like fructose showcased a pronounced effect on blood pressure, while galactose was able to stabilize blood sugar levels and offer cardiovascular benefits.
These nuances suggest that different sugars do have distinct effects on the body, encouraging a more personalised approach to dietary recommendations.