Sticking on to DASH diet can lower high blood pressure


WEB DESK: High blood pressure is one of the common health issues these days. It is dangerous and due to this doctors advice to cut down salt at earliest possible. 

Besides this, it is also suggested to cut salt if you have ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. It is really to frustrating to eliminate salt from diet and even worse to think what a person with high blood pressure and bad LDL cholesterol should consume ?

Moreover, Dietary Approches to Stop Hypertension DASH, a diet which is formed to treat high blood and LDL but it is not suggested to follow to loose weight.

The diet is simple and you do not have to count on calories:

6 to 8 servings of whole grains a day

4 to 5 servings of vegetables a day

4 to 5 servings of fruit a day

2 to 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products a day

6 or fewer ounces of lean meat, poultry, and fish a day

4 to 5 servings of nuts, seeds, and beans a week

2 to 3 servings of healthy fats and oils a day

5 or fewer sweets a week

The medical director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center, Nieca Goldberg, says “a person following the DASH diet will drop systolic blood pressure (the upper number in a reading) by about 10mmHg, that’s really quite dramatic”.

Also, regular exercise, cutting on sodium along with DASH diet can lower blood pressure to surprising levels as Martha Gulati, MD, cardiologist at The University of Arizona and editor-in-chief of cardiosmart.org said, “there are very few medications, even in the highest doses, that reduce blood pressure that much, by changing your lifestyle, you might be able to cut down on the number of medications you need—or even stop taking them entirely”.

Note: Above article was originally published on rd.com and it is for information only, in case of any emergency please consult to your doctor. 

 

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