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Sugary Drinks Increase the Risk of High Blood Pressure

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It's no secret that sugary drinks like soda and processed fruit juices are not the healthiest beverage options on grocery shelves. Aside from having little to no nutritional value, they've been linked to diabetes, obesity and heart disease. However, new research shows that you can add another risk to that list: high blood pressure.

A new report, recently published in The American Journal of Cardiology, says that people who consume sugary drinks multiple times a day face an increased risk of developing elevated blood pressure levels. Researchers at the Griffin Hospital in Connecticut reviewed more than 10 studies, with more than 400,000 participants in total, to see if there was a link between sugary drinks and high blood pressure.

All of the studies showed a correlation between consuming the overly sweet drinks and unhealthy blood pressure levels. According to the findings, people are 26 percent to 70 percent more at risk of developing high blood pressure if they drink sugary beverages. "Teenagers who drink three or more sugar-sweetened drinks a day are 87 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure," the Daily Mail reports.

Ultimately, the researchers recommended that nutrition restrictions should be placed on consumption of sugary drinks to reduce everyone's risk. In other words, stop stocking your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator with soda, and opt for healthier drinks like water!

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