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Yogurt Cuts Hypertension Risk

Friday, 21 Sep 2012 02:36 PM


Adding more yogurt to your diet may help lower your risk of high blood pressure, according to new research presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association.
The study – funded by the Framingham Heart Study of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and by a research grant from the Dannon Company Inc. – found long-term yogurt eaters were less likely to develop high blood pressure and on average had lower systolic blood pressure than those who didn't eat yogurt.
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Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading, which measures the force of blood against the arterial walls when the heart is beating.
The findings are based on a 15-year study of more than 2,000 volunteers who did not have high blood pressure when it started. Yogurt consumption was measured by questionnaires filled out by the volunteers at three intervals over the study period.
The results showed individuals were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure if at least 2 percent of their daily calories came from yogurt – the equivalent of eating one six-ounce cup of low-fat yogurt every three days.


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