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Can eating yogurt help reduce your risk for high blood pressure?

New research says that low-fat yogurt may lower your risk for high blood pressure. The study of more than 2,100 adults presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions, found that those who reported eating more low-fat yogurt, were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate less.

Nearly one in three adults living in the United States has high blood pressure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure and kidney disease.

Robert Bonow, MD, Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation at Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, is quoted in the article saying, “Yogurt may be beneficial. Is this the key to heart health? It’s not clear.”

Dr. Bonow says what is clear is not smoking, exercising and your overall diet, all play key roles in keeping your blood pressure at bay.

To learn more about this study, and Dr. Bonow’s thoughts, read the full article.

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