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HHS HealthBeat (August 2, 2012)

DASH the high blood pressure


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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Pushing down high blood pressure can reduce the risk of quite a number of conditions that kill people, such as heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. And obesity raises the risk of high blood pressure. So it makes sense to control your weight.

The National Institutes of Health has a free blueprint – an eating pattern that can help people do it. The long name is Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – hypertension being a long name for high blood pressure. The short name for the blueprint is the DASH diet, and the NIH’s Dr. Lawrence Fine describes it:

“The DASH diet advocates that you should eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, a lot of nonfat or low-fat dairy products, and also lean meat, chicken breast, things like that.”

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: August 1, 2012