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Sugary Drinks Might Raise Hypertension Risk: Study
Date:3/1/2011

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"Now we will need to have future studies to understand how this works," Parikh added, "because even though this data shows a pretty clear association between sugary drinks and high blood pressure, it doesn't definitively suggest a mechanistic link."

"Having said that, as a cardiologist my concern is how do we minimize our risk factors for cardiovascular events," he continued. "And we know the way to do that is to avoid tobacco use and avoid obesity. So to the extent that one can control calorie intake, there really isn't a downside to eliminating sugar drinks. They're empty calories of limited value. So why not do that?"

In response to the latest findings, the American Beverage Association issued a statement Monday saying that while high blood pressure is "a serious health concern," the current study "does not and cannot establish that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages in any way causes hypertension."

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For more on drinks and nutrition, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Ian J. Brown, Ph.D., research associate, department of epidemiology and biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London; Sahil Parikh, M.D., cardiologist, Harrington-McLaughlin Heart and Vascular Institute, University Hospital's Case Medical Center, Cleveland; Feb. 28, 2011, statement, American Beverage Association; Feb. 28, 2011, Hypertension


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