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January 2018 Issue

DASH Diet Supports Food as Medicine

Following a sodium-restricted DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet may benefit heart failure patients, supporting the concept of “food as medicine,” which assumes that improving nutrition can lead to important physiologic results, according to research. These positive secondary findings came from a study of 66 patients at least 55-years old who had been discharged from hospitalization for acute decompensated heart failure. For four weeks, half received usual care and half received usual care plus home-delivery DASH meals providing less than 1500 milligrams of sodium per day. After 12 weeks, the number of hospitalizations and the number of days in the hospital were significantly lower for the DASH dieters.


Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, September 2017