Fewer Sugary Sodas, Reduced Blood Pressure

Consuming fewer sugar-sweetened beverages may reduce blood pressure, according to a new study. Sugar-sweetened beverages, one of the most common sources of excess sugar in the diet, have been previously linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome. "Our findings suggest that reducing sugar-sweetened beverages and sugar consumption may be an important dietary strategy to lower blood pressure and further reduce other blood pressure-related diseases," says lead author Liwei Chen, M.D., assistant professor at Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Public Health. “Reductions in blood pressure would be anticipated by reducing sugar-sweetened beverages consumption by an average of two servings per day,” says Chen. Using data on 810 adults with prehypertension and stage I hypertension, researchers concluded that reducing intake of sodas lowered blood pressure significantly. American adults consume an average of 2.3 servings (28 ounces) of sugar-sweetened beverages per day, such as drinks sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, regular soft drinks, fruit drinks, and lemonade. The findings have relevant public health implications, as even minor reductions in blood pressure can have significant health benefits on a population level. The study appears in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Sugar contains empty calories with no nutrients. Read labels and avoid ingredients that are forms of sugar including: • Glucose • Dextrose • Fructose • Maltose Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. … Read More

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