DASH Diet Research

The DASH diet has become well established as a model healthy eating plan. It continues to be evaluated in research to discover all the benefits of the program. In addition to promoting healthy blood pressure and cholesterol, the DASH diet supports healthy weight loss, and long-term adherence is associated with lower risk of stroke, heart failure, and osteoporosis, several types of cancer, and lower risk of kidney stones. And new research shows reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes and some types of breast cancers.

The DASH Diet Mediterranean Solution brings the combined benefits of the DASH and the Mediterranean diets for heart, brain, diabetes, and healthy weight. It is user-friendly to help you adopt the Med-DASH plan for your long-term healthy eating style. It is a total lifestyle plan, including recipes, meal planning, exercise, and weight loss, if needed. Reap the benefits of the healthy diet to support lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improved glucose control, and improved health. The DASH diet books by NY Times bestselling author Marla Heller, MS, RD, have helped hundreds of thousands of people improve their health, and reach or maintaina healthy weight with an eating plan that becomes a lifelong habit.

The DASH diet was developed in research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, and is recommended by the American Heart Association, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and is part of the US treatment guidelines for hypertension. The DASH Diet Action Plan was designed to be the user-friendly guide to help people adopt the DASH diet.

Additional recent DASH research reports:

  • Dixon LB, Subar AF, Peters U, Weissfeld JL, Bresalier RS, Risch A, Schatzkin A, Hayes RB. Adherence to the USDA Food Guide, DASH Eating Plan, and Mediterranean dietary pattern reduces risk of colorectal adenoma. J Nutr. 2007 Nov;137,11, p.2443-50

  • Lin PH, Appel LJ, Funk K, Craddick S, Chen C, Elmer P, McBurnie MA, Champagne C. The PREMIER intervention helps participants follow the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension dietary pattern and the current Dietary Reference Intakes recommendations. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2007 Sep;107, 9, pages1541-51

  • Karanja N, Lancaster KJ, Vollmer WM, Lin PH, Most MM, Ard JD, Swain JF, Sacks FM, Obarzanek E. Acceptability of sodium-reduced research diets, including the Dietary Approaches To Stop Hypertension diet, among adults with prehypertension and stage 1 hypertension. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2007 Sep ; 107, 9, p 1530-8

  • Van Horn L. A DASH-ing Success. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2007 Sep, 107, 9, p 1463.

  • Lien LF, Brown AJ, Ard JD, Loria C, Erlinger TP, Feldstein AC, Lin PH, Champagne CM, King AC, McGuire HL, Stevens VJ, Brantley PJ, Harsha DW, McBurnie MA, Appel LJ, Svetkey LP. Effects of PREMIER lifestyle modifications on participants with and without the metabolic syndrome. Hypertension 2007 Oct; 50, 4, p 609-16.

  • Nitzke S, Freeland-Graves J; American Dietetic Association. Position of the American Dietetic Association: total diet approach to communicating food and nutrition information. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2007 Jul; 107, 7 pages 1224-32

  • Mitka M. DASH dietary plan could benefit many, but few hypertensive patients follow it. The Journal of the American Medical Association. 2007 Jul 11;2982, p 164-5.

  • Welty FK, Nasca MM, Lew NS, Gregoire S, Ruan Y. Effect of onsite dietitian counseling on weight loss and lipid levels in an outpatient physician office. The American Journal of Cardiology. 2007 Jul 1;100, 1, p 73-5.

  • [No authors listed] One on one. What is the DASH diet? Mayo Clinic women's healthsource. 2007 Jul;

  • Dauchet L, Kesse-Guyot E, Czernichow S, Bertrais S, Estaquio C, Péneau S, Vergnaud AC, Chat-Yung S, Castetbon K, Deschamps V, Brindel P, Hercberg S. Dietary patterns and blood pressure change over 5-y follow-up in the SU.VI.MAX cohort. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2007 Jun; 85, 6, p 1650-6

  • Obarzanek E, Vollmer WM, Lin PH, Cooper LS, Young DR, Ard JD, Stevens VJ, Simons-Morton DG, Svetkey LP, Harsha DW, Elmer PJ, Appel LJ. Effects of individual components of multiple behavior changes: the PREMIER trial. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2007 Sep-Oct; 31, 5, p 545-60

  • Levitan EB, Wolk A, Mittleman MA. Relation of consistency with the dietary approaches to stop hypertension diet and incidence of heart failure in men aged 45 to 79 years. American Journal of Cardiology. 2009 Nov 15;104(10):1416-20.

  • Taylor EN, Fung TT, Curhan GC. DASH-style diet associates with reduced risk for kidney stones. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2009 Oct;20(10):2253-9.