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Drinking soda ups your blood pressure

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By David Liu, PHD

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 (foodconsumer.org) It has been known that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages or commonly known as soft drinks or sodas may increase risk of hypertension or high blood pressure.  A new study confirms the association.

Lisa Cohen of University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD and colleagues found that drinking one serving of sugar-sweetened beverages per day was associated with 13 increased risk of hypertension.

They also found drinking artificially sweetened beverages, once a day was associated with 14 percent increased risk of high blood pressure.

The association was stronger for carbonated beverages compared to non-carbonated beverages, and for colas, compared to non-cola beverages.

Specifically, high intake of fructose from sugar sweetened beverages was correlated with increased risk for hypertension while high intake of fructose from other sources was correlated with reduced risk.

The findings were derived from an analysis of data from three large, prospective cohorts, the Nurses' Health Studies I including 88,540 women and II including 97,991 women and the Health Professionals' Follow-Up Study including 37,360 men.

The study was released in Journal of General Internal Medicine.

High hypertension is linked to heart disease.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 33 percent of adult Americans suffer this condition, which kills nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. each year.

Bing drinking, eaing fructose, high fat diet, low vitamin D, obesity, diabetes, arsenic exposure, poor sleeping, air pollution increase the risk of hypertension while garlic, vitamin C, arginine, beet juice, blueberries, and vegetarian diet can lower blood pressure.

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