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Health Agencies Update
September 20, 2000

A DASH of Heart Help

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JAMA. 2000;284(11):1371. doi:10.1001/jama.284.11.1371-JHA00009-2-1

A new study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has found that the blood pressure-lowering DASH diet—a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet that stresses consumption of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods—also reduces blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease (Circulation. 2000;102:852-857). DASH is an acronym for the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension trial, which found that this type of diet significantly lowers blood pressure.