In June 2017 researchers from Korea published the results of their study to assess the association between consumption of carbonated sugar-sweetened beverages and hypertension. A total of 9,869 subjects (3,845 men; 6,024 women) were included in the study. 14.5 % of the individuals were classified as having hypertension. Information on consumption of carbonated sugar-sweetened beverages was collected via food frequency questionnaires, and the individuals were divided into five groups according to the amount being consumed. Results showed that those with the highest consumption of carbonated sugar-sweetened beverages (third, fourth and fifth groups) had the highest incidence of hypertension. A further analysis revealed that when individuals with the lowest consumption were compared to those in the third group, obese women and non-obese men in particular had an increased incidence of hypertension.
Song HJ et al. Gender Differences in the relationship between carbonated sugar-sweetened beverage intake and the likelihood of hypertension according to obesity. Int J Public Health. 2017 Jun;62(5):573-581