The case for dietary management of the older hypertensive

K. M. Chapman, R. A. Nelson

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Abstract

If the expense or side effects of antihypertensive drug therapy become a serious problem, dietary therapy can be a worthwhile option. The dietary prescription for treatment of hypertension usually involves modifications in energy, fat, and minerals. Weight, blood cholesterol, and triglycerides should be controlled through dietary management. Sodium's effect on blood pressure is controversial and not clearly defined; however, sodium restriction is usually prescribed for hypertensive patients because of potential benefits. Other minerals that may affect blood pressure include potassium and calcium. Good dietary intake of both minerals has been associated with lowered blood pressure. An accompanying scenario illustrates the effectiveness of dietary management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-76
Number of pages8
JournalGeriatrics
Volume45
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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