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Higher Fat Variation of DASH Diet Lowers Blood Pressure, Triglycerides, Study Shows

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The DASH diet – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – is often promoted as healthy. But it’s mostly a very conventional low-fat diet, including lots of fruit and vegetables and low-fat (yuk) dairy.

Interestingly a new study tested a higher fat version of the DASH diet – including full fat dairy. More total fat and less carbohydrates. And what happened? It turned out to be an improvement, resulting in better health markers in participants. Surprise, surprise, to all who still fear fat.

Science Daily: Higher Fat Variation of DASH Diet Lowers Blood Pressure, Triglycerides, Study Shows

AJCN: Comparison of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet and a Higher-Fat Dash Diet on Blood Pressure and Lipids and Lipoproteins

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Major New Study: Getting Blood Pressure Below 120 Saves Lives – and Increases Risks

A new just-released study may transform the medical treatment of high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is super common in the modern world – about a third of the adult US population have it, and another third have borderline high blood pressure. Only one third of the adult population have “normal” pressure (under 120/80). High blood pressure increases the risk of diseases like heart disease and stroke.

The most common treatment by far – and the only treatment that doctors have time for during a 10-minute consultation – is drugs. It’s not uncommon for people with high blood pressure to get one, two, four or even more drugs to take daily for controlling their blood pressure.

The question has been how aggressively to treat high blood pressure in people at risk of complications from it. Earlier studies has only proved a benefit from lowering blood pressure to below 140 systolic pressure. Studies targeting lower goals have been small and inconclusive.

This new big study – funded by the National Institute of Health and other government organizations (not the pharma industry) – compared a goal of below 120 to a goal of below 140. The results were so clear that the study was stopped in advance after 3.2 years.

The good news

Risk of premature death during the study dropped by about 1.2 percent in absolute numbers in the intensively treated group. In other words participants had a 1.2 percent greater chance of not dying during the study, due to taking more blood pressure lowering drugs. This is actually quite impressive. The risk of cardiovascular problems also dropped significantly.

The bad news

Lowering blood pressure this much required on average 3 drugs to be taken daily. Quite a few patients needed 4 or more drugs. All these drugs come with the risk of side effects.

Unfortunately the risk of serious side effects also increased – like the risk of ending up in the ER due to fainting from low blood pressure (risk up by 1.1 percent in absolute numbers) or having your kidneys damaged or totally give up on you (risk up by 1.3 percent).

The bottom line

Yes, it’s good for cardiovascular health to have a normal blood pressure. But aggressively lowering it with drugs always comes with side effects. These are not just about the serious things that makes you end up in the hospital. The more minor side effects are much more common. Feeling tired, lacking energy, gaining weight from beta-blockers, etc.

The really good news is that you can improve your blood pressure without 3, 4 or more daily drugs. And without any of the side effects. Here’s how:

How to Normalize Your Blood Pressure

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“Thanks for Saving My Husband”

Can you lose a lot of weight, reverse your diabetes (without medication!), get rid of high blood pressure and several other health conditions, all in little more than a year and just by changing your diet?

That’s what happened to Linda’s husband, Len: Continue Reading →

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How Julian’s Sister Changed His Life – and Made Him Lose 80 Pounds

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Julian’s sister was worried about his health. He was overweight and had high blood pressure. His father had died of heart trouble in his forties, roughly Julian’s present age.

So Julian’s sister did something remarkable. She showed up with an envelope filled with cash, and announced that she was paying him for his time, to do some reading.

Two years later his life has changed. Here’s his story: Continue Reading →

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“This May Have Saved My Life”

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Karen Melo shared on the Diet Doctor Facebook page what has happened so far in six months with LCHF:

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I just wanted to share what a LCHF lifestyle has done for me in six months. 38 lbs (17 kg) lost, PCOS symptoms greatly improved, blood pressure down and signs of inflammation are completely gone! Thank you for the information that you provide on your website!! Many medical and fitness professionals had given me very bad advice for my entire adult life, in part because they didn’t know about or understand PCOS and the impact it has on insulin. Your work in LCHF eating may very well have saved my life. Thank you, sincerely.

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“I Was Constantly Fatigued and Eating”

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Before and after

I received an email with Paul’s story about how he was tired and overweight. Here’s what happened when he found LCHF: Continue Reading →

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Crash Course in Blood Pressure – New Page!

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Elevated blood pressure is a common health issue today. Almost a third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure – perhaps you or someone in your family does? High blood pressure isn’t necessarily something you can feel, but it increases the risk of serious conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.

The good news is that you can improve your blood pressure by way of simple lifestyle changes.

The usual treatment for elevated blood pressure today is medication. This is often reasonable. But what if you could achieve perfect blood pressure without pills or side-effects – with improved health and weight as welcome side-bonuses, instead?

The truth is that high blood pressure was extremely rare as recently as a few hundred years ago. Something in today’s environment is giving more and more people high blood pressure. What is it?

Here’s everything you need to know:

Crash Course in Blood Pressure

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Reversing Diabetes After a Visit to the Emergency Room

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Before and after

I received a fascinating story from Anthony in Australia about what happened when he ended up in the emergency room, where it was discovered that he had high blood pressure. This led him to search for better health on his own, not following the usual diet recommendations he was given. Here’s his story: Continue Reading →

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The Food Industry’s Own Studies Reveal the Risks with Sugar

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A small, but tempting image

Do you deserve to treat yourself to bad health today?

A new review of high-quality scientific studies shows yet again that sugar isn’t only bad for weight. Sugar is NOT just empty calories.

Sugar also has pronounced negative effects on health markers, such as blood pressure and blood lipids.

The New Zealand Herald: Sugar directly linked to heart disease – report

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