Keeping it low
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
Getting enough low-fat dairy?
Low-fat dairy products not only help build strong bones, but new research suggests they can protect blood pressure in women.
The study looked at more than 28,000 middle-aged and older women.
It found the risk of new high blood pressure was 11 percent lower for women who consumed the most low-fat dairy products.
The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends people consume three cups a day of fat-free or low-fat milk, or equivalent dairy products.
Researcher Lu Wang of Brigham and Women’s Hospital:
“Our study findings support this recommendation and we emphasize the importance of low-fat dairy products versus high-fat dairy.” (8 seconds)
The study in the journal Hypertension was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011