The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is a diet designed to combat hypertension through the consumption of fruit, vegetables, nuts, poultry, whole grains, fish and low-fat dairy products. The same diet tends to reduce the consumption of foods such as salt, red meat, sweets and sugary drinks and tends to approach, as a concept, the Mediterranean diet from which it distances itself, basically, only for the limited consumption of dairy products and the limited consumption of alcoholic beverages such as wine.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, this diet can also be very useful to reduce the risk of heart failure in people under 75 years of age.
Conducted by a group of researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, the study used data from 4500 people who were on the DASH diet. The results showed that people under 75 years of age who followed the DASH diet in a strict manner had a lower risk of heart failure than people who adhered less closely to the DASH diet.
According to Claudia L. Campos, professor of internal medicine and one of the authors of the research, this study “has shown that following the DASH diet can reduce the risk of developing heart failure by almost half, which is better than any other medicine.”
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