Study shows low-carb diet’s benefits for high blood pressure and diabetes

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Many adults in the United States face health challenges like high blood pressure, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes.

These conditions often accompany being overweight or obese and can lead to serious issues such as heart attacks and strokes.

A pressing question has been which diet works best to manage these health problems. Until now, there hasn’t been a clear answer.

A New Study: Low-Carb vs. DASH Diet

A recent study sought to find the answer by examining 94 adults with high blood pressure, prediabetes, or type 2 diabetes. All of these individuals were also overweight or obese.

The study aimed to understand how different diets would affect them. Researchers compared a Very Low-Carbohydrate (VLC) diet with the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which is usually recommended for high blood pressure.

Additionally, they explored whether extra support activities, such as cooking classes or emotional support, would make a difference.

The Clear Winner: VLC Diet

The study’s findings were straightforward—the VLC diet came out on top. Adults who followed this diet experienced more positive outcomes. These included lower blood pressure, improved blood sugar levels, and greater weight loss.

On average, those on the VLC diet shed around 19 pounds, while those on the DASH diet lost about 10 pounds. Surprisingly, additional support activities didn’t significantly change the results.

What This Means for You: Consider a Low-Carb Diet

This research is a significant development for adults dealing with high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

It suggests that a very low-carbohydrate diet could be a more effective choice for managing these conditions compared to the DASH diet, at least over a four-month period.

If you’re thinking about changing your diet to address health concerns, this study indicates that a VLC diet might be worth trying. However, always consult with a healthcare provider for personalized advice and guidance.


In summary, the study highlights the potential benefits of a low-carb diet for individuals struggling with high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

It offers a simple and accessible dietary intervention that can lead to improvements in blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight.

While this is promising news, remember to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant dietary changes to ensure they align with your specific health needs and goals.

If you care about blood pressure, please read studies about A common blood pressure medication could help you live longer and findings of 1 in 5 people with high blood pressure takes a medication that harms blood pressure.

For more information about blood pressure, please see recent studies about How to eat your way to healthy blood pressure and results showing that Modified traditional Chinese cuisine can lower blood pressure.

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