Specifically, the researchers found that for every soda or fruit drink consumed, the mean systolic blood pressure (first one stated, maximum BP number) increases by about 1.6 (millimeters of mercury, mmHg).
And, the researchers also found that this increase in systolic blood pressure was even greater the more salt the person consumed.
Dr. Ian J. Brown, from Imperial College London, United Kingdom, and one of the authors of the study, stated the data ''¦ suggest that individuals who consume more soda and other sugar-sweetened soft drinks may have higher blood pressure levels than those who consume less, and the problem may be exacerbated by higher salt intake." [ABC News: 'Sugary Drinks Could Drive Up Blood Pressure']