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Diet and Life Style Changes to Lower Blood Pressure

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"Main results of the PREMIER Clinical Trial 'with 810 adults including men and women... with above-average blood pressure]...

"Context: Weight loss, sodium 'salt] reduction, increased physical activity, and limited alcohol intake are established recommendations that reduce blood pressure (BP). The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet also lowers BP. To date, no trial has evaluated the effects of simultaneously implementing these lifestyle recommendations...

"Both ...interventions significantly reduced weight '&] improved fitness. The established plus DASH intervention also increased fruit, vegetable and dairy intake. 'Improvement] in BP and hypertensive status were evident...Emphasis added.

"Conclusion: Individuals with above-optimal blood pressure, including stage 1 hypertension, can make multiple lifestyle changes that lower blood pressure and reduce their cardiovascular disease risk." Emphasis added.

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PREMIER Collaborative Res. Group 'many physicians and medical scientists, from Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD, Pennington Bio. Res. Ctr., Baton Rouge, LA, Natl. Heart & Lung Inst., Bethesda, MD, Kaiser Permanente Ctr. Portland, OR, Duke Hypertension Ctr., Duke U. Med. Ctr., Durham, NC, & U. of Maryland, College Park, MD.] In J. of Amer. Med. Assn., vol. 289, 2003.

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