21 February 2008

Fat-free milk for hypertension

A new study suggests fat-free milk may offer protection against hypertension - a rising risk for women.

A new study suggests fat-free milk may offer protection against hypertension - a rising risk for women.


What the study showed
When the researchers investigated the benefits of milk specifically, they found women who drank two or more servings of fat-free milk each day reduced their risk for high blood pressure by up to10 percent compared to those who drank fat-free milk less often than once a month. The same was not found for higher fat milk and milk products or calcium and vitamin D supplement users.

One in three American adults has high blood pressure, and an increasing number of women are living with undiagnosed hypertension, according to a second study published in the journal Circulation.

Archives of Internal Medicine, Americans are ignoring the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet, the therapeutic eating plan recommended by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute that emphasises low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables to help reduce blood pressure levels.

Three glasses a day recommended
Previous research has linked the DASH diet and low-fat or fat-free milk to blood pressure benefits – one reason why the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend drinking three glasses of low-fat or fat-free milk each day.

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Dr Jacomien de Villiers qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Pretoria in 1995. She worked at various clinics at the Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, these include General Internal Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiology. She has run a private practice since 2001, as well as a consultant post at the Endocrine Clinic of Steve Biko Hospital.

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