The DASH diet reduced the risk of heart failure “almost half” in people under 75!
Devotion to a vegetable-rich diet that can lower high blood pressure can also reduce the risk of heart failure in people under 75 years of age.
This was the conclusion of a study that a team at the Wake Forest Medical School in Winston-Salem, NC, led to the assessment of the impact of dietary approaches to the DASH for heart failure.
They report their findings in a paper now appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 5.7 million adults with heart failure in the United States.
The condition occurs when the heart continues to beat but can not pump blood as it should. The result is that organs and tissues do not get the oxygen and nutrients they need to function properly and stay healthy.
“Heart failure is a frequent cause of hospitalization in older adults and is associated with significant health care costs, so determining the modifiable risk factors for heart failure is an important public health goal,” says study author Claudia L. Campos deputy professor of general internal medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
The DASH diet plan can lower blood pressure
The DASH diet plan is high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as beans, walnuts, low fat or fats, poultry, fish and vegetable oils.
It has a low content of saturated fat, full fat dairy, oily and red meats, salt, sugary drinks, sweet and tropical oils such as coconut and palm.