In January 2019 researchers from Thailand published the results of their study to assess the effect of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet on reducing the risk of hypertension among elderly patients in a rural community in Thailand. A total of 90 elderly individuals (66% aged between 60-69 years) followed the DASH diet for three months and 85 elderly participants from the same village were placed in a control group. In addition, the 90 individuals following the DASH diet took part in 45-minute weekly group education meetings, 25-minute group activity training sessions, and a 15-minute individual checklist. Blood pressure levels were assessed at the start of the study and at the 3-month follow-up. Results showed that those individuals following the DASH diet experienced a decrease in both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels.
Seangpraw K et al. The effect of the behavior modification program Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension(DASH) on reducing the risk of hypertension among elderly patients in the rural community of Phayao, Thailand. J Multidiscip Healthc. 2019 Jan 31;12:109-118