Fruits, Veggie, Low-Fat Diet Lowers Blood Pressure

Baltimore - It has been demonstrated by previous studies that obesity, sodium intake, and alcohol consumption can influence the blood pressure. Chronically elevated blood pressure (medically termed hypertension) is common in the United States-affecting over 40 million persons. Hypertension increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (1997;336:1117-24) by Dr. Lawrence J. Appel of Johns Hopkins University and associates at multiples medical centers throughout the United States evaluated 459 adults (133 that had hypertension) during an 8 week period.