A new research suggests that proper diet can help to lower your hypertension and also improve heart function in patients who are suffering from a common type of heart failure.
In the study, patients found that after 21 days of following a low-sodium Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) there was a drop in blood pressure which is similar to taking anti-hypertension medicine. Scott Hummel who is MD, cardiologist at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Centre who is working on the study said that their work suggests how diet could play an important role in the progression of heart failure, although ideally patients should talk to their doctor before making major dietary changes.
In the study the patients who were in their 60s and 70s had agreed to keep food diaries and eat only those meals which were prepared for them in the metabolic kitchen of the University. These meals could be picked up and heated at home and was found to match the DASH diet eating plan that is high in potassium, magnesium, calcium and antioxidants. This is also recommended for hypertension treatment.
The study diet also contained a daily sodium intake of no more than 1,150 milligrams. That's much lower than what adults in the United States usually eat - about 4,200 mg a day for men, and 3,300 mg a day for women.
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