DASH Diet, Exercise, Calorie Restriction May Help Improve Mental Function, Heart Health In Overweight, Hypertensive Adults

(Medical News Today) — The DASH diet, combined with exercise and calorie restriction, improved mental functioning by 30 percent in overweight adults with high blood pressure compared to those who didn’t diet or exercise, researchers reported in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

The DASH diet emphasizes eating low-fat dairy products, foods low in cholesterol and high in carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables. 

The DASH diet comes from the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension trial, conducted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 
In this randomized trial, researchers examined the effects of diet and exercise on neurocognition (memory, attention, and ability to learn new material) in adults at risk for neurocognitive decline due to high blood pressure. 

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