If you suffer from high blood pressure, you've likely heard of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (or DASH) eating plan before. This diet was developed to help people with high blood pressure get their readings back to normal and slash their risk of heart problems.
But according to a new study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology, the DASH eating plan may offer benefits for arthritis sufferers, too…
In fact, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore in the USA who conducted the study concluded that the DASH eating plan may be one of the most effective non-drug treatments for gout; an inflammatory type of arthritis that affects over 8.3 million people in the USA alone!
To find out more about how following the DASH eating plan may help ease gout flare-ups, read on…
New study finds that the DASH eating plan relieves gout by lowering levels of uric acid
For the study, researchers looked at over 400 participants who followed either the DASH eating plan, which features high amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat
dairy as well as low amounts of saturated fats and general fats, or a typical American diet, consisting largely of processed foods and high-sugar drinks and eats.
What the researchers discovered was that those who followed the DASH diet had healthier blood pressure
readings as well as lower levels of uric acid. According to the Arthritis
Foundation, uric acid crystals are known to cause the inflammatory arthritis
condition known as gout.
For some participants with gout, the DASH eating plan’s effect was so strong that it nearly matched the effectiveness of drugs they normally used to treat the very painful condition, according to researchers.
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Researchers conclude that dietary changes can offer a safe and effective way to treat gout
According to the team of researchers behind the study, these findings strongly suggest that dietary changes offer a safe and effective way to lower uric acid levels to prevent gout flare-ups for people with mild to moderate gout who don’t want to take drugs to treat the condition.
“Results of this trial are good news to patients with high blood levels of uric acid or those at risk for gout. A dietary approach to prevent gout should be considered first-line therapy,” said Dr Edgar Miller III, study senior author and professor of medicine at the university.
“This study suggests that standard dietary advice for uric acid reduction – which is to reduce alcohol and protein intake – should now include advice to adopt the DASH diet,” Miller said in a news release.
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