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What medical conditions does the DASH diet help?

The DASH diet is a recognized treatment of hypertension, heart disease and kidney disease, and can slow the progression of both heart disease and kidney disease.

All people with chronic kidney disease should be on a diet with less than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day as recommended in the DASH diet. In addition, if you have kidney disease, you may need to modify the amount of potassium and phosphorus in the diet. This should be discussed with your doctor or your dietitian.

Dr. Gregory G. Pellizzon, MD
Interventional Cardiologist

To lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, increase physical activity and consider following a Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) dietary pattern. Start a diet that:

  • emphasizes vegetables, fruits, and whole grains
  • includes low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish, legumes, nontropical vegetable oils and nuts
  • limits sweets, sugar-sweetened beverages and red meats
  • includes appropriate amount of calories
  • limits saturated fat, trans fat and sodium

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