WTAP To Your Health Report: Sugary Drinks

By: Susan Hendricks
By: Susan Hendricks

In the heat of the day, a lot of people will turn to sugary drinks to quench their thirst.

But watch how many you drink.

Studies have shown consuming a lot of these beverages can lead to obesity, even type two diabetes.

And now new research points to your blood pressure.

Here's Susan Hendricks with today's Health Minute.

Cutting back on sugary drinks may lower your blood pressure.

That's the conclusion of a new study in the Circulation Journal of the American Heart Association.

Scientists at Louisiana State University observed 8-hundred and ten adults with pre-hypertension and early hypertension.

They signed up to an 18 month program focused on weight loss, exercise and diet and their effects on blood pressure.

At the start of the study, participants drank an average 10-point-5 fluid ounces of sugary beverages a day, equivalent to just under one can.

In this study, the beverages were drinks sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, and included regular soft drinks, fruit drinks, lemonade and fruit punch.

At the end of the study, the average consumption dropped to about half a serving a day.

The participants who cut down on sweet drinks also saw their blood pressure numbers decline.

Investigators noted this was partially because of weight loss, but even after taking that into account, the change in blood pressure was still statistically significant.

The researchers say the study has important public health implications, because even small reductions in blood pressure can reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.

For today's Health Minute, I'm Susan Hendricks.


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