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DASH diet

The ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension’ (DASH) diet has been proven to lower blood pressure. Besides helping you reduce your blood pressure, there are other health benefits too. The DASH diet is based on the following key principles: plenty of vegetables and fruit, nuts, pulses and beans, wholegrain products, fish, low-fat dairy products and lean meat. In addition, it is characterised by a low consumption of salt, saturated and total fat, red and processed meat, soft drinks and other sugary products. DASH has a great deal in common with a Mediterranean diet. As there are no disadvantages associated with the DASH diet, it is recommended that you incorporate as many elements as possible from this diet into your own diet.

##The DASH diet and your health There are a number of health effects associated with following a DASH diet. The DASH diet, the principal aim of which is to lower blood pressure, has positive health effects similar to the benefits of a Mediterranean diet.

A DASH diet reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases

The DASH diet has been proven to lower blood pressure and can therefore also reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Increasing your intake of fibre, vitamins and minerals improves your fatty acid composition, cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity. As a result, the risk of developing various metabolic conditions falls.

A DASH diet reduces the risk of a stroke

The DASH diet has been proven to lower blood pressure and can therefore also reduce the risk of a stroke. Increasing your intake of fibre, vitamins and minerals improves your fatty acid composition, cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity. As a result, the risk of developing various metabolic conditions falls.

A DASH diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes

The DASH diet has been proven to lower blood pressure and can therefore also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Increasing your intake of fibre, vitamins and minerals improves your fatty acid composition, cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity. As a result, the risk of developing various metabolic conditions falls.

##iGene Passport iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether the DASH diet may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.