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It’s well known that nutrition plays a role in blood pressure. Now, research shows that diet, along with other lifestyle behavior changes, can reduce blood pressure enough to cut stroke risk by one-half in as little as two weeks. The Newstart Lifestyle program emphasizes a vegan diet, gentle exercise, and adequate sleep.

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Adapting Lifestyle Habits Can Quickly Lower Blood Pressure

Researchers have demonstrated that a program aimed at helping people modify lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise is as effective as medication at reducing blood pressure. Participants in the study saw their blood pressure drop 19 points, on average, after taking part in the Weimer Institute Newstart Lifestyle program for just 14 days. Other studies have shown that a blood pressure reduction of this magnitude can cut a person’s risk of heart disease or stroke by 50%.

“By adapting selected lifestyle health principles, half of the people in our study achieved normal blood pressure within two weeks while avoiding the side effects and costs associated with blood pressure medications,” says research team leader M. Alfredo Mejia, DrPH, an associate professor at Andrews University in Michigan. “The Newstart Lifestyle program works quickly, is inexpensive, and uses a palatable diet that allows for moderate amounts of salt and healthy fats from nuts, olives, avocado, and certain vegetable oils.”

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