A Wake Forest School of Medicine led observational study of more than 4,500 individuals revealed those under 75 who adhere to the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet had significantly lower risk of developing heart failure than those whose eating habits were least in keeping with the diet.
The DASH diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy products while a considerable reduction in salt, red meat, sugar-based products including drinks. Lead investigator Claudia L. Campos, MD noted “only a few prior studies have examined the effects of DASH diet on the incidence of heart failure, and they have yielded conflicting results.” Dr. Campos summarized “ this research showed that following the DASH diet can reduce the risk of developing heart failure by almost half, which is better than any medicine.”
Follow the link to the source for details including study design and methodology. The results are published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study was funded by the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as well as the National Center for Advancing Translational Science.
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