Sweetened beverages – along with most sweets – have long been linked to weight gain and type II diabetes. But did you know it can also significantly increase your risk for hypertension?
In three separate study groups, scientists discovered across the board that drinking at least one sweetened beverage per day can be associated with a 6% to 20% greater chance for being diagnosed with hypertension.
While the reason for the relationship between sweet drinks (both sugar and artificial sweetener based) and hypertension remains unclear, the numbers certainly point to enough of a correlation to warrant concern.
So think twice before you down that next tasty sugary drink!