A new study has found that by cutting daily consumption of sugary drinks by just one serving a day, you could lower your blood pressure.
The study was led by Liwei Chen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Health at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.
Based on the study also they found out that for consumption of diet beverage consumption or caffeine there is no direct association with blood pressure .
Therefore, the real culprit that causes blood pressure to increase is sugar.
The team analyzed the dietary intake and blood pressure of 810 adults measured at baseline, 6 and 18 months. They noted that a reduction in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption of one serving per day was associated with a drop of 1.8 mm Hg in systolic pressure and 1.1 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure over 18 months.
High blood pressure is one of the most common health problem in the United States and it is estimated that one in three people, age 20 and above have high blood pressure.
The risk associated with high blood pressure is that it could trigger other health problems such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, and shortened life expectancy.
For better health, please monitor your blood pressure closely. You should ensure that you have normal blood pressure, measured in millimeters of mercury, is defined as systolic (top number) less than 120 and diastolic (bottom number) less than 80.
If you have high blood pressure (hypertension) is a systolic pressure of 140 or higher and a diastolic pressure of 90 or higher. Or if you have prehypertension, pressure falling between high blood pressure and normal blood pressure, please consult with your doctor immediately.
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