Scientists from the University of Maine found that eating a diet similar to the Mediterranean diet is linked to lower blood pressure among U.S. adults.
The research is published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension and was conducted by Fayeza Ahmed et al.
Maintaining healthy blood pressure is a key component of healthy living.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death, and high blood pressure is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The Mediterranean diet has been linked to a range of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties.
Several studies also have linked the Med diet with lowering blood pressure levels, but many used self-reported blood pressure values that often are unreliable.
Moreover, many studies have not adequately addressed additional variables that must be considered when studying hypertension.
In addition, many studies examining Med diet and cardiovascular disease risk factors have been done in Mediterranean populations.
The diet may be less effective in United States populations where the Med diet is not common to the culture.
In the study, the team examined the link between adherence to a Mediterranean diet (Med diet) and blood pressure in a sample of older (average age 62.2 years) women and men living in the United States.
They found strong links between higher levels of Med diet and lower levels of systolic and diastolic BP among those who consumed higher amounts of Med diet foods.
The team says the lowering of blood pressure by this amount is important in terms of the U.S. population as a whole.
Indeed, it’s been determined that lowering systolic blood pressure by even 2mmHg at the population level reduced heart disease by 10%.
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