Greater adherence to the DASH dietary pattern appears to be associated with a substantially reduced risk of coronary artery disease and stroke

In March 2019 researchers from Singapore, the UK and the USA published the results of their study to assess the association of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) dietary pattern with coronary artery disease and stroke mortality in Asian individuals. 57,078 individuals, aged 45 to 74 years, were included in the study. Information on diet was collected via a food frequency questionnaire and a DASH dietary score estimated. Results showed that a greater adherence to the DASH dietary pattern was significantly associated with a reduced risk of prematurely dying from coronary artery disease or stroke. A further analysis revealed this reduced risk did not appear to be substantially related to intake of sodium, potassium, magnesium, and/or calcium.

Talaei M et al. DASH Dietary Pattern, Mediation by Mineral Intakes, and the Risk of Coronary Artery Disease and Stroke Mortality. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Mar 5;8(5):e011054.

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