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Exercise and dietary advice can reduce blood pressure

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7396.952/e (Published 03 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:952
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    The prevalence of uncontrolled hypertension among 810 adults who were counselled on weight loss, exercise, and a low salt diet and who were given specific instructions on their diet dropped radically in six months, says a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2003;289:2083-93).

    The chairman of the study, Lawrence Appel, professor of medicine, epidemiology, and international health at Johns Hopkins University, said the study “shows that people can simultaneously make multiple lifestyle changes that lower their blood pressure and improve their health.” He said the key issue now is helping people to maintain such changes.

    The study presents the main results of …

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