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DASH Diet Slashes Heart Failure Rate in Women

May 11, 2009: 06:04 AM EST
The DASH diet appears to lower the risk of heart failure in women, according to a study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The diet – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – showed that women in the top 10 percent of DASH diet scores had half the rate of heart failure of those with the lowest DASH diet scores. The diet is high in potassium, magnesium, calcium and fiber, moderately high in protein, and low in total fat and saturated fat. It is based on high consumption of whole grains, low-fat dairy products, vegetables and fruits. Researcher Emily B. Levitan said that the diet “may contribute to prevention of heart failure in some cases because it effectively reduced blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol levels in clinical trials.”
Robert Preidt , "DASH Diet Has Extra Benefits for Women's Health", HealthDay News, May 11, 2009, © ScoutNews, LLC
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