As a caregiver, it’s not only important for you to keep your loved one in the best shape possible, it’s also important to take care of yourself as well.
Now there’s good news for women who follow the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. DASH is a diet low in animal protein, moderate in lo-fat dairy products and high in plant proteins, fruits and vegetables. According to a report in the April Issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, women on the DASH diet appear to have a lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
The study looked at women’s eating habits over the course of 24 years. Their scores increased when they ate more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes, and decreased when they consumed red meats, sweetened beverages and sodium. The higher a woman’s DASH score, the lower her risk of heart disease and stroke.
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