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The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which promotes consumption of more fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole grain, and less meats and sweets, is a proven effective treatment for hypertension.
Moreover, a study published at the end of July in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at a combination of healthy lifestyle choices in regard to hypertension and found that women with six healthy lifestyle habits (having a body mass index of less than 25, a daily mean of 30 minutes of vigorous exercise, a high score on the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet, modest alcohol intake, use of non-narcotic analgesics less than once per week and intake of 400 meg/day or more of supplemental folic acid) resulted in a nearly 80% reduction in the risk of developing high blood pressure, which can often lead to heart attack, stroke and other chronic diseases.
Hinderliter and his associates randomly assigned the patients to three treatment groups: 46 went on a diet modeled on the one used in the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) study, which included a high intake of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products, but which was not designed to result in weight loss; 49 patients began the DASH diet with a reduced calorie level designed to produce weight loss, plus a cognitive-behavioral weight-management program, and an exercise program that included three sessions a week of supervised exercise; and 49 control patients continued their usual care.
Women who followed the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet had significant risk reductions of coronary heart disease and stroke, results from a cohort of participants in the ongoing Nurses Health Study showed.
The National Institute of Health's Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, or JNC-7, found that weight reduction, adoption of the low-sodium Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, physical activity and moderation of alcohol consumption are "critical" for prevention of high blood pressure and "indispensable" for managing it.
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) study is supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is an eating plan that is low in saturated and total fat, rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
In fact, a study called Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) showed that African Americans, of all the groups in the study, had the biggest drop in blood pressure from adopting a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.