Louisiana State University Study Finds Drinking Less Sugary Drinks Lowers Hypertension

Downing fewer sugary drinks, one of the main sources of sugar in some people's diet, can help bring down blood pressure, according to a study published on Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

"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," said lead author Liwei Chen, of the Louisiana State University health science centre.

Reducing the intake of sugary drinks by an average of two servings per day can lower systolic blood pressure levels by a small, but significant amount. This in turn would reduce the risk of stroke by 8 per cent and coronary heart disease by 5 per cent, she said.

Drinking fewer sugary drinks can help lower blood pressure, according to research published in Circulation.

The study found that when adults with early-stage high blood pressure cut back on soft drinks and fruit drinks by one serving a day as part of an 18-month-long diet overhaul, they saw distinct drops in average blood pressure.

Although a number of people lost weight in the study -- which would account for some of the blood pressure-lowering effects -- cutting back on sweetened drinks also seemed to have an independent effect on blood pressure levels.

Even a small reduction per day in sweetened soft drink intake could improve your blood pressure, researchers report.

In an 18-month study, researchers found a measurable reduction in blood pressure -- 1.8 points in systolic pressure, the higher of the desired 120/80 desired reading, and 1.1 points in diastolic pressure -- when intake was reduced by about a can of sweetened beverage a day, said the report published May 24 in Circulation.

Cutting back on sugary sodas and other sweet beverages may help lower blood pressure, according to new research in Circulation.

Previous studies have linked sugary beverages to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors that increase the risk for heart disease and diabetes, but the new study is one of the first to show that drinking too many sweetened beverages can increase blood pressure levels. High blood pressure is considered a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.