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DASH diet reduces BP, boosts vascular health in youth with elevated BP


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Journal
Hypertension
Reuters Health - 25/12/2020 - Following a DASH diet can lower blood pressure and improve endothelial function in adolescents with elevated blood pressure, a randomized controlled trial shows. "The DASH intervention proved more effective than routine care in initial systolic BP improvement and longer term improvement in endothelial function and diet quality in adolescents with elevated BP and hypertension," researchers conclude in Hypertension. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet focuses on vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats and is low in salt, added sugars, fat and red meat. Guidelines recommend following a DASH diet to manage elevated BP, which affects about one in 10 adolescents in the U.S., but adherence is low. While frequent dietary counseling contacts by phone and mail have proven successful in changing dietary habits, there have been no long-term trials to test these approaches for a DASH-diet intervention in youth with...


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