Eating yogurt every day reduces your risk of hypertension

Regular consumption of yogurt has been found to reduce the risk of hypertension. A study published in the Journal of Hypertension evaluated the effect of yogurt consumption on high blood pressure.

  • A team of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health, and Boston University assessed the link between yogurt consumption as well as cheese, milk, and total dairy, and high blood pressure.
  • The research team used the data of more than 180,000 participants enrolled in two Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) cohorts and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS).
  • The NHS, NHS II, and HPFS participants were followed for up to 30, 20, and 42 years, respectively.
  • Results revealed that participants who ate more yogurt had a 16 percent lower risk of high blood pressure.
  • Furthermore, the combination of higher yogurt consumption and a higher adherence to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet was linked to a 30 percent lower risk of high blood pressure compared to lower levels of both factors.
  • Overall, high consumption of yogurt was linked to a lower risk of high blood pressure in middle-aged and older men and women.

In conclusion, the findings of the study suggested that consuming more yogurt can lower the risk of high blood pressure.

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Journal Reference:

Buendia JR, Li Y, Hu FB, Cabral HJ, Bradlee ML, Quatromoni PA, Singer MR, Curhan GC, Moore LL. LONG-TERM YOGURT CONSUMPTION AND RISK OF INCIDENT HYPERTENSION IN ADULTS. Journal of Hypertension. August 2018; 36(8): 1671-1679. DOI: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000001737

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