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New diet book helps to lower blood pressure without the use of medication

Boston University : 16 January, 2000  (Technical Article)
A new diet book authored by a researcher at Boston University Medical Center helps to lower blood pressure without the use of medication. 'The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet for Hypertension' teaches individuals with hypertension how to use a nutritious medication-free eating plan to reduce elevations in blood pressure as effectively as most hypertension medications.
'What makes the DASH diet successful is its emphasis on healthy foods,' said author and diet creator Thomas Moore, MD, assistant provost for research at BUMC, and professor and director of the Office of Clinical Research at BUMC. 'Our research showed that no single food or nutrient is capable of decreasing blood pressure, but a diet rich in several vegetables, dairy foods, fruits and whole grains; and low in sugars and fat decreased blood pressure substantially in several individuals with hypertension.'

The first part of the book provides readers with information on how the diet works as well as advice on how to incorporate the diet plan into everyday life. The second half of the book provides 62 recipes created by a team of experienced nutritionists, practical informational resources and a form to help individuals track their new eating habits.

Together with Moore, a team of researchers studied the affects of the diet on a group of 459 individuals with high and high-normal blood pressure. Results showed that the DASH diet reduced blood pressure in hypertensive individuals by an average of 11 points in systolic pressure and 5.5 points in diastolic pressure. 'The DASH diet is a healthy diet for all individuals, but never change your medications without the advice and agreement of your physician,' said Moore.

Moore is an expert in the area of nutrition and blood pressure. He is a fellow in the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association and was named a specialist in clinical hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension. Moore is the recipient of numerous awards including a Clinical Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health and an Established Investigator Award from the AHA.
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