Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension or the DASH diet is designed to help patients manage hypertension. The diet consists of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and reduced fat intake. Salt intake is also limited depending upon age, race, activity and health problems. Many studies have proved that the DASH diet is an effective strategy to manage hypertension.. But, a few studies have also shown that it is effective in controlling many other diseases. Scroll through to find out.
Can prevent kidney disease--A study published in the American Journal of Kidney Disease says that along with managing hypertension, DASH diet can reduce one's risk of kidney disease. Since hypertension also affects kidneys and the DASH diet reduces blood pressure, the researchers argue that the DASH diet can prevent kidney disease. During the study, they also found that participants with lower DASH diet scores (those who ate fewer fruits, vegetables and nuts and ate more red meat and sodium ) were 16 percent more likely suffer from kidney disease than those with higher DASH diet scores.
Can reduce the risk of heart disease--A study in The British Medical Journal found that following the DASH diet can prevent cardiovascular disease. The study found that the DASH caused a significant decrease in systolic BP, diastolic BP and total cholesterol level and hence prevents cardiovascular diseases . Another study published in the journal Nutrition says that a DASH diet cannot just prevent cardiovascular disease it can also protect you against coronary heart disease, stroke and heart failure.
May help manage gout--A study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology says that a DASH diet can lead to a significant reduction in uric acid levels, elevated levels of which cause gout, an extremely painful form of arthritis. The researchers say that a DASH diet can be a safe and sustainable approach to lower uric acid levels and possibly prevent gout flare ups in patients with mild to moderate form of gout.
Can slow cognitive decline-- A MIND diet, a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diet can slow cognitive decline by 7.5 years says a study published in the Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. The researchers say that the MIND diet has 15 dietary components which include ten brain-healthy food groups and five non-healthy food groups. To prevent the effects of cognitive decline the researchers say that a person should limit his intake of foods in the unhealthy food groups.
May prevent Alzheimer's--Another study published in the Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, found that the MIND diet could also reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. The researchers say that the Mediterranean-DASH (MIND) diet can cut the risk of Alzheimer's by 53 percent in people who follow it religiously and by 35 percent in those who follow it moderately.