Low-Fat Yogurt May Cut High Blood Pressure Risk

(ABC News) — Low-fat yogurt may help lower your risk for high blood pressure, according to new research.

A new study of more than 2,100 adults presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions  Wednesday found that those who reported eating more low-fat yogurt were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate less.

The researchers also found that, over the course of the 15-year study, low-fat yogurt eaters, on average, had lower increases in systolic blood pressure — the “first” ot top  number” in a blood pressure reading — compared to those who did not eat low-fat yogurt.

These results held up even after adjusting for weight, use of blood pressure medications and lifestyle factors, including diet.

This study, which was partially funded by yogurt company Dannon, was part of a bigger long-term project, known as the Framingham Heart Study.

About one in three adults living in the United States — around 68 million Americans — have high blood pressure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death across the nation.

Dr. Robert O. Bonow, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation at Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, said that when it comes to keeping blood pressure at bay, every bit counts.

“As you get older, your [blood] pressure tends to go up,” said Bonow, who was not involved in  the study. “If you can minimize the age-related increase, that’s good.”


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Oil Blend, Yogurt Help Blood Pressure

WebMD: Sept. 19, 2012 — A blend of sesame and rice bran oil, or making low-fat yogurt a small part of your diet, may help your blood pressure and boost heart health, according to two new studies.

The first study showed a sesame and rice bran oil blend reduced blood pressure almost as well as a commonly used medication. And the second study found that people who routinely eat yogurt are less likely to develop high blood pressure.



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