Hypertension.me: What are the main findings of the study?
Dr. Janas: First, independent of age, education, body mass index smoking, and physical activity, a high quality diet pattern consistent with the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) guidelines was significantly inversely associated with systolic blood pressure in standardized clinic recordings and with 24-hr ambulatory blood pressure measurements in a free-living older adult population-as dietary quality increased, systolic blood pressure decreased.
Second, we demonstrated the stronger association between dietary quality and elevated BP using ambulatory BP readings compared with standardized clinic BP readings.
Third, clear population differences in SBP are evident across Diet quality groups; this was especially evident amongst those who had undiagnosed hypertension.
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