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What is the DASH Diet, and how it could help your disability and hypertension

What is in the DASH Diet Eating Plan? The DASH Diet which was created by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is used to reduce an individual’s blood pressure (hypertension) by encouraging eaters to consume more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. Increasingly it has been prescribed by doctors who are attempting to help their patients avoid high blood pressure and other deadly medical issues such as a heart attack or stroke. As with any diet, food sources high in fat, artificial sweeteners, or processed foods are discouraged, and instead, individuals are encouraged to focus on foods which are high in calcium, magnesium, protein and fiber such as: fish, chicken, lean meats, nuts, fruits, beans, and whole grains. Proponents of the plan believe that its success can be traced to its overall approach of focusing on foods that can be consumed, rather than on dietary restrictions. The DASH Diet approach is not a one-sized fits all plan but rather allows individuals to calculate the amount of food they should be eating. Patients who have been prescribed the DASH Diet by their physicians should work with them to determine their specific target caloric intake. Who Created the DASH Eating Plan? The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) supported the studies for the DASH Diet, but the studies were conducted at four medical centers. Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon, coordinated the efforts of each medical center which included: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA; Duke Hypertension Center and the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center, Durham, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. What are the downsides to the Dash Diet? Individuals who do not customarily eat whole grain foods, vegetable and fruits may experience mild problems such as bloating and diarrhea due to the high fiber content of the DASH Diet. To alleviate these problems dieters may need to gradually increase their intake of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Tips to following the Dash Diet when eating out It may be easy to follow your new Dash Diet when you are preparing your own meals and eating at home, but what about when you are dining at a restaurant? According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) with a few small modifications you can modify your diet, even at a restaurant. Example of a DASH Eating Plan So what foods can DASH Dieters expect to eat? What does a daily DASH diet include? Any of the following dash diet foods can be safely consumed as part of the DASH Diet (the amounts and the daily caloric intake can be determined by a nutritionist or doctor): Young Teens and the Dash Diet According to a news report released today by HealthDay News, the DASH Diet, which was originally promoted as a diet to reduced high blood pressure, may be good for everyone, especially girls ages 9 to 19. The obesity epidemic has hit every age group and doctors are increasingly looking for solutions to lower the body mass index or BMI of adolescent girls. Dr. Jonathan Berz, an assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, conducted a study of 2,237 young girls from age 9 until almost ten years later. The study concluded that the girls who consumed the diet with the highest DASH scores were the least likely to gain weight. Conversely, participants who consumed the diet with the lowest DASH Diet score were most likely to have a BMI which was considered overweight (the study is published in the June issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine). One of the benefits of the Dash Diet, as determined by the study, is that children who follow the DASH Diet may be less likely to have hypertension as they age. Doctors also claim that young adults may be able to reduce their risk of heart attack and improve their overall health at all ages. Hopefully, Dash Dieters can avoid becoming overweight or obese, unlike the other two-thirds of the U.S. adult population. is interested in your thoughts on this subject, please feel free to comment.
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