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Cutting sugary drinks can lower blood pressure

May 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
New evidence shows that sugary drinks can, not only do a number on your waist, but they can also raise your blood pressure.Adults in the U.S. consume about 2.3 servings of drinks a day that are sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. That has been linked to a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, and problems with metabolism, and now blood pressure.

Experts established the link by finding out that cutting down on those sweetened drinks can lower blood pressure.

Researchers at Louisiana State University conducted an 18-month study of more than 800-adults, and they found that cutting down to less than one sugary drink a day resulted in a significant drop in blood pressure.

Part of the results can be attributed to weight loss experienced by the participants, but when factored out, the blood pressure decrease was still significant. And improving blood pressure means a lower chance of developing heart disease and stroke.


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