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New Recommendations To Prevent High Blood Pressure Issued; Additional Lifestyle Approaches Advised

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October 16, 2002
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The National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NHBPEP) has updated its recommendations to prevent hypertension (high blood pressure). New recommendations include adequate intake of potassium and an eating pattern rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products and reduced in saturated and total fat. The advisory also reinforces earlier recommendations to limit consumption of sodium and alcohol, reduce excess body weight, and increase levels of physical activity.

The National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NHBPEP) has updated its recommendations to prevent hypertension (high blood pressure). New recommendations include adequate intake of potassium and an eating pattern rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products and reduced in saturated and total fat. The advisory also reinforces earlier recommendations to limit consumption of sodium and alcohol, reduce excess body weight, and increase levels of physical activity. Published in the October 16 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, the report also cautions that some widely publicized approaches have less proven or uncertain efficacy. Fish oil (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids) and calcium supplements lower blood pressure only slightly in individuals with hypertension. In addition, the ability of herbal and botanical supplements to safely lower blood pressure is unproven, and these unregulated products can interact adversely with medications.


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NIH/national Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute. "New Recommendations To Prevent High Blood Pressure Issued; Additional Lifestyle Approaches Advised." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 October 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/10/021016075445.htm>.
NIH/national Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute. (2002, October 16). New Recommendations To Prevent High Blood Pressure Issued; Additional Lifestyle Approaches Advised. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/10/021016075445.htm
NIH/national Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute. "New Recommendations To Prevent High Blood Pressure Issued; Additional Lifestyle Approaches Advised." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/10/021016075445.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

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