The DASH diet or the (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet has been shown to have very positive effects on high blood pressure. But the good news is that the DASH diet can help in not just reducing the risk of hypertension but also heart failure in people under age 75, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In fact, it as found that the DASH diet can reduce the risk of heart failure by almost half. This means that the DASH shows more promise than medicines prescribed for heart failure.
What is the DASH diet?
The DASH diet is popularly recommended not just for those suffering from high blood pressure but also for those who have a family history of hypertension or have high chances of developing it. The DASH diet mainly focuses on increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, beans, seeds and nuts etc. It also strictly advises against the consumption of packaged and processed foods and cured meats. The DASH diet restricts salt intake to about 1500-2300 mg per day. With its emphasis on fruits and vegetables, the DASH diet leads to an increase in the potassium levels in the body which is known to help lower blood pressure.
It’s not just hypertension and heart failure that the DASH diet can help you avert and manage better. Several studies have shown that the Dash diet can also help in other conditions like kidney disease, gout and cognition-related diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease. While the DASH diet is fairly simple to follow and can help you in a number of ways, it doesn’t mean that you can give up your hypertension or heart diseases medicines. You can start following the DASH diet after consultation with a diet expert and also your doctor.
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