Healthy Moments Episode

Maintaining A Healthy Diet with DASH

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May 13, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers and Dr. Gary Gibbons point out that a healthy diet can help control high blood pressure, and Dr. Gibbons provides information on the DASH eating plan.

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Did you know that a healthy diet can help prevent or control high blood pressure?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Eating a healthy diet is one way to control high blood pressure. Dr. Gary Gibbons, heart expert and Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, recommends an eating plan called DASH.

DR. GIBBONS: If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may talk to you about DASH, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension plan. DASH requires no special foods or hard-to-follow recipes.

The DASH plan is simple.
Focus on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Include low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, beans, and nuts.
Limit sodium, added sugars, sugary beverages, and red meat.
And reduce saturated and trans fats.

DR. RODGERS: To learn more about DASH, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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