Soft Drinks May Increase Risk for High Blood Pressure
Posted Dec 18 2008 8:14pm
We already know drinking lots of soda can be devastating to our bodies, causing us to gain weight, as recent studies have showed.
Now, a new government-funded study, to appear Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, finds that soda drinkers may have a greater increase women's long-term risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), the Associated Press reports.
Specifically, women who drank at least four cans of sugared cola drinks every day had a 28 percent to 44 percent greater risk of high blood pressure, compared with women who drank few sodas or none.
Interestingly, diet sodas also increased the risk for hypertension, but slightly less than the non-diet drinks.
Another intriguing finding from researchers at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital is that women who drank four or more cups of coffee (regular or decaf) faced a slightly lower risk for developing high blood pressure than women who drank little or none.
Obviously, this study reveals yet another of many reasons to avoid high consumption of soda. But, bear in mind that high blood pressure is one of many health-damaging effects from gulping down too many of these sugary drinks.
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