Soda pop consumption closely related to high blood pressure, hypertention

March 1st, 2011

According to a study published in “Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association”, the more sugary drinks consumed by adults, such as soda’s, the greater your chances of having higher blood pressure.

The study found that each beverage, wherein sugar was added, drank per day increased systolic blood pressure by 1.6 mm Hg, and increased diastolic blood pressure by 0.8 mm Hg.

“This points to another possible intervention to lower blood pressure,” said senior author of the study, entitled International Study of Macro/Micronutrients and Blood Pressure, Paul Elliot. “These findings lend support for recommendations to reduce the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as added sugars and sodium in an effort to reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.”

The study also noted the extra caloric intake of 397 calories per day, another notch on the belt against soda and related drinks.

The study followed 2,696 participants, ages 40 to 59, across the U.S. and U.K.

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