Drinking sugary drinks like coke, sprite and fruit juice more than once a day increases the risk of high blood pressure 10 times, a survey suggests.

A team led by Prof. Yoo Jun-hyun of the Samsung Medical Center checked up on 5,853 adults. The team divided participants into four groups and monitored their intake of sugary drinks per week -- none (26.7 percent), fewer than three (43.4 percent), three to six (21.7 percent), and more than seven (8.2 percent).

The group that drank none had a high blood pressure risk of a mere 13.8 percent, but among those who drank more than seven the risk was 47.9 percent.

The differences remained striking even when groups were adjusted for gender, age, chronic diseases, and the intake of other sugary foods like chocolate. Drinking seven or more sugary drinks a week increased the risk 10.88 times compared to drinking none.

"The more frequently you drink sugary beverages, the higher the risk of cardiovascular diseases as there will be a higher uric acid level in the blood and more insulin secretion," Yoo said.

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