DASH Diet & Cardiovascular DiseaseJune 2019
A new meta-analysis examined the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, which was developed to treat hypertension through dietary intervention. The DASH diet emphasizes fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, nuts and legumes, while limiting fat, cholesterol, red and processed meats, added sugars and salt.
Researchers concluded that following a DASH dietary pattern is associated with a 20% reduction in the rate of cardiovascular disease. This effect may be related to the associated reductions in blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors associated with the DASH dietary pattern.
“Incorporating foods that are emphasized in the DASH diet, such as foods that are high in potassium and low in sodium, is a valuable tool for lowering blood pressure and reducing cardiovascular disease risk. Through our experience with clinical trials related to vascular function, we have found that participants are eager to have dietary tools to positively affect their health and reduce disease risk factors. The DASH diet is a very useful tool for people trying to reduce blood pressure and mitigate their risk of cardiovascular disease.”
– Dr. Thomas Wolever, President and Medical Director