DASHing toward heart health
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
The DASH diet might put women on track to improving their heart health.
It’s low in animal protein, high in fruits and vegetables and moderate in low-fat diary.
A study finds women who eat like this may lower their risk of heart disease by up to 24 percent and their stroke risk by up to 18 percent.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 88,000 women ages 34 to 59 in 1980 and followed them until 2004.
Nutrition professor Teresa Fung at Simmons College in Boston:
“I would advise women to shift their diet closer to the DASH diet. In this way, the risk for heart disease would be lower.” (9 seconds)
The study in Archives of Internal Medicine and the DASH diet were supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011