Can Diet Have an Effect on Blood Pressure and Cholesterol?

(News Chief) — There is an old adage that goes something like: We are what we eat and do. This adage holds very true today. There is no question that diet and activity play pivotal roles in the health of every individual.

More and more studies are confirming that a modification in diet will not only prevent, but treat high blood pressure, or hypertension, as the medical profession calls it.

A study entitled “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension” (DASH) has shown without a doubt that diet modestly reduced in salt with an increase in fresh fruits, vegetables and low dairy products can lower blood pressure. The reason for this is that this type of diet is rich in nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It also reduces one of the leading causes of high blood pressure, and that is salt.

Multiple studies have gone on to state that patients that do follow the DASH diet have a decrease in load-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol.

Before anyone undertakes a diet, they should talk it over with their family doctor.

There is no question that the more a person is aware of their diet and follows logical dietary restrictions, the greater the chance they have of living a normal and healthy life.


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