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DASH Diet Lowers Blood Pressure

Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D. By Tuesday, 13 December 2016 02:26 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

By the time the New Year comes around, "Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh" may be the elevator music that makes you take the stairs.

But it turns out a bit of DASH-ing combined with a dose of probiotics could deliver the holiday present you truly are hoping for: better health.

At the American Heart Association's annual meeting, researchers presented preliminary findings that showed combining the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet with probiotics-packed foods can reduce fasting blood sugar and A1C levels (an average of your blood glucose levels over two to three months).

Around 40 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes have high blood pressure (it's 79 percent among folks with diabetic kidney complications). Adopting a nutrition plan that benefits both conditions is a one-two punch.

Some study participants with high blood pressure followed the DASH diet with added probiotics. A 2,000-calories-a-day DASH plan includes three kinds of whole grains daily in 7 to 8 servings (some with probiotic granola); 4 to 5 servings each of fruits and veggies; 2 to 3 servings of low-fat or nonfat probiotic-rich yogurt and drinks; 2 or fewer servings of meat and poultry; 4 to 5 of nuts, seeds and legumes weekly; and limited fats.

So if you're battling high blood pressure and have prediabetes or diabetes, dash to the store for probiotic-rich foods to add to your DASH diet.

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Researchers presented preliminary findings that the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet can reduce fasting blood sugar and A1C levels.
whole grain, probiotics, diabetes, Dr. Oz
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 02:26 PM
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