Navigation Links
Diet Can Lower Blood Pressure As Much As Taking A Medication, From The March 2013 Harvard Men's Health Watch
Date:3/25/2013

Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 25, 2013

Many people eat their way to high blood pressure (hypertension). It's also possible to eat your way out of it, according to the March 2013 Harvard Men's Health Watch.

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan—low in animal fat and salt; abundant in blood-pressure-lowering nutrients—is scientifically proven to battle high blood pressure. It can reduce blood pressure by 10 points—about as much as adding a medication, says Dr. Deepak Bhatt, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of cardiology, VA Boston Healthcare System.

Here's the DASH plan in a nutshell: keep fat intake under 27% of total calories, eat many servings of fruits and vegetables, choose whole instead of processed grains, include low-fat or nonfat dairy products, and choose small portions of poultry, fish, and nuts as your primary source of protein rather than red meat.

The DASH diet includes abundant amounts of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. Potassium is particularly important. "It's harder to control blood pressure—even with medications—if there isn't enough potassium in the diet," says Dr. Michelle Hauser, a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School and a certified chef and nutrition educator. The DASH diet also is low in salt—the sodium in salt can boost blood pressure.

Like any lifestyle change, the following the DASH plan takes some work. And it may not be right for everyone. If the DASH diet doesn't look like a good fit, try an overall heart-healthy Mediterranean-style diet. (Read about the heart benefits of a Mediterranean diet on the Harvard Health blog.) "The Mediterranean diet is not medically proven in the sense of lowering blood pressure by a specific number of points over two weeks, like the DASH diet," Dr. Hauser says. "But there are lots of studies showing that people eating their traditional foods in the Mediterranean areas of the world have less heart disease and less high blood pressure."

Read the full-length article: "Blood pressure: What's food got to do with it?"

Also in the March 2013 issue of the Harvard Men's Health Watch:

  •     The health benefits of being social
  •     What are the risks of CT scans?
  •     When not treating prostate cancer right away may be your smartest move.
  •     The alternative treatment for heart disease that doesn't work.

The Harvard Men's Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/mens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/3/prweb10540193.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Corporate Whistle Blower Center Now Urges Pharmaceutical Insiders Or Physicians To Become A Whistleblower If They Can Prove A Drug Maker Was Knowingly Involved In Bribery
2. Alteya Launches an Award-Winning Certified Organic Bulgarian Rose Water and Other Select Flower Waters at Whole Foods and Specialized Retailers
3. Norah Guide and Premium Astrology Fans and Followers Send New Testimonials During Reader's Appreciation Month
4. Military personnel return to duty following severe injury to lower extremity
5. Military personnel return to duty following severe injury to the lower extremity
6. Vitamin D Supplements Tied to Lower Blood Pressure in Blacks
7. No sons linked to lower contraception use in Nepal
8. Vitamin D may lower blood pressure in African-Americans
9. Corporate Whistle Blower Center Urges Physicians To Call them--If They Have Proof A Medical Device Company Was Knowingly Selling Defective Products
10. Structured weight loss program helps kids from low-income families lower BMI
11. Daily Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk for Deadly Skin Cancer in Women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, ... Bronze Wellness at Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in ... the 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance Day. In an effort ... holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, has issued a pain ... Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, which can cause episodes ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, an orthodontist ... has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic Suresmile technology, ... , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It can be used ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... EB Medicine ... Making in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The awards honor ... Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. , “With this ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... National recruitment firm Slone Partners is pleased ... and genomics experience, as Vice President of North American Capital Sales at HTG ... leading the sales team in the commercialization of the HTG EdgeSeq system and associated ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Global Blood ... biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment ... today announced the closing of its previously announced ... stock, at the public offering price of $18.75 ... offering were offered by GBT. GBT estimates net ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 ... announced the addition of the " Global Markets ... This report focuses ... an updated review, including its applications in various applications. ... market, which includes three main industries: pharmaceutical and biotechnology, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 The Academy ... of recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical companies ... with entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, a ... "value" of new medicines. The recommendations address ... not appear on the drug label, a prohibition that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: