Cutting down on sugary drinks may reduce heart risk

May 25, 2010 4:40:43 AM PDT
Many people watch their sugar intake in hopes it will help keep their waistline in check. Now, researchers say, there is evidence staying away from drinks sweetened with sugar or corn syrup may help blood pressure too.

Researchers at Louisiana State University monitored more than 800 adults who drank only one serving of a sweetened drink for 18 months. By the end of the study their blood pressure levels were down.

Part of the results can be attributed to weight loss. But, when factored out, researchers say the blood pressure decrease was still significant. They say improving blood pressure means a lower risk of developing heart disease and stroke.