Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sugary drinks and your blood pressure

my fridgeImage by tauntingpanda via FlickrI found another article on the bad effects of sugary drinks to our health. The first few paragraphs are presented here. Follow the link below to read the full artcile.

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( -- Drinking a lot of soda and other sugary beverages has been linked to an increased risk of obesity and diabetes, among other health problems

Here's another reason to cut back: A new study suggests that even one sweetened drink per day may contribute to higher blood pressure.

The more sugary beverages a person drinks, the higher his or her blood pressure is likely to be, according to the study, which appears in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Each additional soda, lemonade, or fruit drink the study participants consumed on a daily basis was associated with a small but measurable uptick in systolic and diastolic blood pressure of 1.6 and 0.8 points, respectively. (A blood-pressure reading consists of the systolic pressure "over" the diastolic pressure.)

A blood-pressure increase of that magnitude is not a major cause for concern, so the findings may need to be taken with a grain of salt -- or not, since excess sodium is still the prime offender when it comes to high blood pressure (hypertension).

Taken from the CNN source article as follows: click here to continue.

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