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DASH Diet May Reduce Depression Risk

People in the two groups that followed the DASH diet most closely were less likely to develop depression than people in the group that did not follow the diet closely

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People who eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains to reduce hypertension may also have lower rates of depression over time, a new study suggests.

The study found that people whose diets adhered more closely to the “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension” (DASH) diet was less likely to develop depression than people who did not closely follow the diet.

Dash diets emphasize on receiving a proper amount of food and nutrients like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains along with low or fat-free dairy, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts.

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“Depression is common in older adults and more frequent in people with memory problems, vascular risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or people who have had a stroke,” said co-author Laurel Cherian, from the Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago.

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For the study, people were monitored for symptoms of depression such as being bothered by things that usually didn’t affect them and feeling hopeless about the future.

For the study, to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, 964 participants with an average age of 81 were evaluated yearly for an average of six-and-a-half years.

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They also filled out questionnaires about how often they ate various foods.

Participants were divided into three groups based on how closely they adhered to the diets.

People in the two groups that followed the DASH diet most closely were less likely to develop depression than people in the group that did not follow the diet closely.

The odds of becoming depressed over time was 11 percent lower among the top group of DASH adherers versus the lowest group. On the other hand, the more closely people followed a western diet — a diet that is high in saturated fats and red meats and low in fruits and vegetables — the more likely they were to develop depression. (IANS)

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Get Success with These 3-in-1 Hypertension Pills: Study

The findings could impact guidelines on treating hypertension globally.

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'3-in-1' hypertension pill offers better success: Study
'3-in-1' hypertension pill offers better success: Study. Flickr

With over a billion people struggling to control their high blood pressure globally, an Australian study suggests a “three-in-one” pill for better results for hypertension.

The trial involved three drugs, each at half dose, in a single pill for early treatment. It met with success in 70 per cent of the cases in a targeted group, the George Institute for Global Health (GIGH) said on Wednesday.

In conventional medication, patients are treated with one drug at a very low dose, which is increased over time with additional drugs added and increased in dosage to try to reach targets.

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With over a billion people struggling to control their high blood pressure,try a three-in-one” pill for better results. Flickr

However, the Australian-led trials showed that low-dose of the “three-in-one” pill helped almost three-fourth patients to lower their blood pressure compared to just around half receiving normal care, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Our results could help millions reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke,” said Ruth Webster of GIGH said. The study was published in JAMA, a journal of the American Medical Association.

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The findings could impact guidelines on treating hypertension globally, said the institute. (IANS)

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