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