BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhuanet)
-- The U.S. government-recommended diet for lowering blood pressure can save
people from heart attack and stroke, says a new study released in Monday's
Archives of Internal Medicine.
The DASH diet, favors fruits, vegetables, whole
grains, low-fat milk and plant-based protein over meat.
Researchers followed more than 88,000 healthy women
for their food choices for almost 25 years and found that women whose eating
habits similar to the diet were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack
and 18 percent less likely to have a stroke than women with more typical
Women in the study were in their mid-30s to late 50s
when the research began in the 1980s.
Previous research has shown this kind of diet can
help prevent high blood pressure and cholesterol
Although the study only followed women, said Teresa
Fung, the study's lead author from Simmons College, men would probably get
similar benefits from the approach.
The study provides the best evidence yet of important
long-term benefits from a low blood pressure diet, said Dr. Laura Svetkey,
director of Duke University's hypertension center.