Doctors have long advised patients to watch their salt intake and to go easy on high fat foods if they are at risk for high blood pressure. Now, new research suggests patients can replace those items with a glass of low fat milk.
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston surveyed over 28,000 women for 10 years. They found that the women with a high intake of low-fat dairy products had a 14% reduced risk for hypertension. Taking calcium or vitamin D supplements did not increase or lower the risk, but eating high-fat dairy products increased the chance that they would develop the disease. The study was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and was published in the journal Hypertension.