Low-Fat Dairy Reduces High Blood Pressure Risk

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 General News J E 4
SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 11 Reducing the risk of highblood pressure may be as simple as drinking low-fat milk with meals, accordingto new research.

Women over age 45 who regularly consumed three or more daily servings oflow-fat dairy products were 11 percent less likely to develop high bloodpressure. Researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston attributedthe benefit to food sources of calcium and vitamin D because the preventativeeffect was not evident in participants taking dietary supplements. Studyresults appeared in the February 7, 2008, special edition of the journalHypertension (

"High blood pressure is known as a 'silent killer' that affects one inthree adults, and while this study offers promise for reducing those numbers,less than one-quarter of adults eat enough low-fat dairy products to benefit,"said Andrea Garen, M.A., R.D., project manager at Dairy Council of California."Making small, simple changes over time, such as eating low-fat yogurt forbreakfast or drinking milk with meals, can increase calcium and vitamin Dintake in a sustainable way."

Garen suggests using the interactive Calcium Quiz( available on theMeals Matter website,, to assess current calciumintake and then explore the searchable database for calcium-rich recipes thatmake it easier to add low-fat dairy foods every day. When part of a diet richin fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats, regular dairy consumptioncan reduce the risk of osteoporosis, prevent certain cancers and help maintaina healthy weight.

Sponsored by Dairy Council of California and staffed by registereddietitians, Meals Matter is a free, online family nutrition and meal-planningwebsite. For more information, please visit or Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), clickappropriate link.Andrea Garen, M.A., R.D.

SOURCE Dairy Council of California


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