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Reduce Sugar Intake to Lower Blood Pressure

admin - May 26, 2010

An 18-month study revealed that reducing the amount of sugary drinks we intake can reduce our blood pressure:

Now, more evidence shows that the added sugar we drink and eat is bad for us and that reducing your overall sugar intake can improve our health.

The American Heart Association notes that added sugars, such as those found in processed foods and alcohol, are implicated in obesity, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke:

This new study confirms a specific link between high blood pressure and sweetened sugary drinks, and notably, the improvement in blood pressure was seen in a group of older people who were not drinking all that much sugar to start with.

The improvement in blood pressure was small, about 1.8 points in the top number (systolic pressure) and 1.1 in the bottom number (diastolic), but this decrease was noted after only reducing intake by one can of sugary drinks a day.

In the study, sugary drinks included soda pop, fruit drinks, fruit punch, and lemonade.

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1 Comment so far
  1. Carolyn McDowell - June 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Good article. Interesting..

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