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Friday, April 22, 2011


The Los Angeles Times (2/28, Mestel) "Booster Shots" blog reported that a study published online in the journal Hypertension suggests that sugary drinks may be linked to hypertension. Researchers "analyzed data from 2, 696 middle-aged adults in the US and UK."

CNN / (3/1, Gardner) reports that the investigators found that "each additional soda, lemonade, or fruit drink the study participants consumed on a daily basis was associated with a small but measurable uptick in systolic and diastolic blood pressure of 1.6 and 0.8 points, respectively."

HealthDay (2/28, Mozes) reported that "those drinking more than one sugar-sweetened beverage a day also registered higher average body-mass indexes (BMI) compared with those who drank none, suggesting that those who consumed such drinks also consumed less healthy food." Also covering the story are the UK's Press Association (3/1), HeartWire (2/28, O'Riordan), BBC News (3/1, Roberts), MedPage Today (2/28, Fiore), Reuters (3/1, Kelland), WebMD (2/28, Boyles), and the Time (2/28, Park) "Healthland" blog.

Posted by Steven Almany M.D.

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