How does diet affect blood pressure (BP)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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The DASH eating plan encompasses a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products and may lower blood pressure by 8-14 mm Hg. The 2011 ADA standard of care supports the DASH diet, with the caution that high-quality studies of diet and exercise to lower blood pressure have not been performed on individuals with diabetes. [71, 78]


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