A recent study of 88,000 seemingly healthy female subjects over 25 years supports the idea that a diet favoring “fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and plant-based protein over meat,” has long-term benefits in decreasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is government recommended and has already been proven to lower blood pressure.

The study didn’t force participants to follow the DASH diet precisely for those 25 years. It took their eating habits and compared them against the DASH standards. Those with diets consisting of a good portion of the healthy foods were 24 percent less likely to have heart disease and 18 percent less likely to have a stroke, versus women on the standard American diet (SAD). In a recent article on msnbc.com, the Associated Press points out the importance of such evidence, as “about 2-in-5 U.S. women at age 50 will eventually develop cardiovascular disease [Source: MSN].” 

Even if your risk for the aforementioned conditions is low, you aren’t off the hook. The director of the New York University Women’s Heart Program, when talking about those relying on medications, says, “There has to be a greater emphasis on the way we live our lives.”

Based on the number of people involved in the DASH study, and how long they were tracked, it’s hard to argue that this diet is anything other than a well-balanced plan. This validates PureHealthMD’s stance that loading up on these natural, essential foods has a tremendous impact on lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and promoting optimal health. For your consumption, focus on the principle whole foods: fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and whole grains. The study only followed women, but there is no reason to suspect that men would not get the same benefit.

Do you have to follow the DASH diet guidelines to successfully fight heart disease and stroke? I certainly encourage you to understand it and apply it as much as possible to your life. But overall, move your diet toward whole foods and less processed, refined products and you are on your way

Learn about DASH.