Thursday, April 17, 2008

DASH - A Diet for Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was developed as a lifestyle change to reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure (hypertension). It does work and is endorsed by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. This diet favors fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes, and low-fat dairy products; and avoids red and processed meats, sweetened beverages, and sodium.

Over 88,000 nurses between the ages of 39 and 54 are being followed in the national Nurses Health Study and nutrition researchers in Boston looked a the elements of the DASH diet and found that it had a significant impact in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The details of this study are available at: http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/168/7/713

The DASH diet is one we should all eat whether we have high blood pressure or not! A comprehensive guide to this diet is available at the NIH website: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf

2 comments:

Marlee said...

Wow, very intersting to learn about it, I first heard about it at
Fatsecret and have done alot of follow up research. This was very helpful.

Thanks!

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