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Less Sugar, Lower Blood Pressure 

  Decreasing the sugary beverages you drink by just one serving a day should decrease your blood pressure, according to a study published last month in the online journal Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

  The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health funded the study led by Dr. Liwei Chen, assistant professor of public health at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. Chen says researchers analyzed dietary intake and blood pressure of 810 adults over 18 months and found that decreasing sugar intake consistently lowered their blood pressure. He also says researchers found no association with blood pressure levels and consumption of diet drinks or caffeine.

  The American Heart Association reports that one in three people 20 and older have high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for stroke, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and shortened life expectancy.

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