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Lifestyle Changes Can Affect Blood Pressure

2010 Feb 11

Los Angeles Times Health

Lifestyle changes can affect blood pressure, but it's not the whole story

By Karen Ravn

Excerpt from article:

"So how much good will it do if you get more exercise, consume less salt, ramp up on potassium, eat the DASH way, give up smoking, take up meditation? Does it all add up to some impressive total that will knock your doctor's socks off the next check-up time?"

Small Changes, Big Impact

2010 Feb 10

Chicago Tribune Health

By Karen Ravn

What are latest approaches to reducing high blood pressure?  Do they work?  Find out more in this article that looks at everything from the DASH Diet to stress reduction. 

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The Lowdown on High Blood Pressure

2010 Jan 19

MSN Health and Fitness

By Arthur Agatston, M.D., Prevention

Prehypertension alone isn't cause for raising red flags for this Miami Beach Cardiologist.  If you have prehypertension your doctor will investigate further into your family history for risk of heart disease, stroke or diabetes.  Read more for 5 tips to control hypertension or prehypertension.  

DASH Diet May Prevent Kidney Stones

2009 Aug 19

A new study finds the DASH diet, widely known for reducing high blood pressure, may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.  Adults consuming a diet most like the DASH diet had a 40 to 45% lower risk of developing kindey stones compared to adults consuming a diet least DASH-like.  The DASH diet advises consuming fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat and fat-free dairy, lean proteins, legumes, nuts and seeds.

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DASH Diet Combats Mental Decline

2009 Jul 16

WebMD Health News

By Charlene Laino

Excerpt from article:

"Known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension ( DASH) diet, the plan emphasizes fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Sodium, sweets, and red meats are to be consumed sparingly."

Don't Pass the Salt

2009 Jun 25

The Globe and Mail, Toronto

By Heather Sokoloff

Learn how 4 Canadian culinary experts add flavor to food without adding heaps of salt.  One chef suggests using ingredients that are spicy, tangy, bitter and sweet to balance the flavor of the dish.  Another points out that using fresh, in-season foods lend loads of flavor that don't require much salting.  A recipe from each expert illustrates how simple it is to prepare mouthwatering meals that happen to be low in salt.

How The DASH Diet Can Help You

2009 Jun 9

Diets In

Guest Blog post

Excerpt from blog post:

"A new study highlights an additional benefit of the DASH diet to lower risk of heart failure in women.  The study appearing in the May 2009 Archives of Internal Medicine examined the incidence of heart failure in healthy women aged 48 to 83, and found that women whose diet was the most similar to the DASH eating plan experienced a 37%-51% lower rate of heart failure."

Blood Pressure can be Managed

2009 Jun 4

Statesman Journal, Salem, OR

by Jeanine Stice, RD

Excerpt from article:

"Last week, a friend e-mailed a question. Her 30-something husband was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure, and she wondered whether she should watch their sodium intake and what type of "diet" someone with high blood pressure should follow. Her husband is not alone. High blood pressure hits roughly one in every three Americans."

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DASH Diet May Help Stave off Heart Failure

2009 May 12

MedPage Today

by Todd Neale

Excerpt from article:

"The so-called DASH diet for lowering blood pressure may also reduce the risk of heart failure in women, an observational study showed."

"Among a cohort of Swedish women, those whose diets were most like the DASH recommendations had a 51% lower rate of heart failure than those whose intake was least like the DASH diet, according to Emily Levitan, Sc.D., of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and colleagues."

A Salty Tale: Why We Need Less Sodium

2009 Apr 21

The Wall Street Journal

A Salty Tale: Why We Need a Diet Less Rich in Sodium

by Melinda Beck

Excerpt from article:

"It's 2009 -- several decades after health officials began urging Americans to cut down on salt.

Do you know how much you're consuming?

If you're a typical American, it's about 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day. That's well beyond the 2,300 mg recommended by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. And it's 15 times as much as the human body requires.