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Research Finds Strong Link Between Sugar-Sweetened Drinks And High Blood Pressure

February 28, 2011: 10:20 AM EST
British and U.S. researchers who analyzed data collected from the INTERMAP study of micronutrients and high blood pressure found an association between sugar-sweetened beverages and hypertension in adults. The researchers studied consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks in 2,696 participants, 40- to 59-years-old. For every extra sugar-sweetened beverage participants drank in a day on average systolic blood pressure rose by 1.6 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and diastolic blood pressure rose by 0.8 mm Hg. Researchers found that blood pressure was higher in individuals who consumed more glucose and fructose, both found in high-fructose corn syrup. In addition, people who consumed high levels of both sugar and sodium had higher blood pressure.
Ian J. Brown, et al., "Sugar-Sweetened Beverage, Sugar Intake of Individuals, and Their Blood Pressure", Hypertension, February 28, 2011, © American Heart Association, Inc.
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