Nearly one-third of Americans suffer from high blood pressure. Some risk factors for high blood pressure, like obesity and smoking, are well established. But now, a team of MED researchers has published a study in the American Journal of Hypertension, finding that a crucial nutrient—protein—may have been overlooked, and could offer a surprising level of protection. Omelets, peanut butter, and chicken stir-fry may be our new weapons against high blood pressure. When low-fat dairy was added to a diet that included lots of fruits and vegetables, the blood pressure lowering effect was almost double what was seen in the fruit and vegetable-rich diet alone. There have been a lot of questions about why that is, and one possibility was protein. Plant proteins had been previously suggested to lower blood pressure. Moore and her colleagues set out to investigate whether all types of protein might have beneficial effects. Using data from the long-running Framingham Offspring Study, the researchers found that adults who consumed more protein, whether from dairy, eggs, meat, or plant sources, had lower blood pressure levels after four years of follow-up. People with the highest protein intake—on average grams a day—saw the biggest benefit, with a 40 percent lower risk of developing high blood pressure.
There is large interindividual variability in the antiproteinuric response to blockade of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system RAAS. A low-sodium diet or addition of diuretics enhances the effects of RAAS blockade on proteinuria and BP, but the efficacy of the combination of these interventions is unknown. Therefore, this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to determine the separate and combined effects of a low-sodium diet and hydrochlorothiazide HCT on proteinuria and BP was performed. In 34 proteinuric patients without diabetes, mean baseline proteinuria was 3. In addition, individuals who did not demonstrate an antiproteinuric response to losartan monotherapy did respond when a low-sodium diet or a diuretic was added. In conclusion, a low-sodium diet and HCT are equally efficacious in reducing proteinuria and BP when added to a regimen containing losartan and especially seem to benefit individuals who are resistant to RAAS blockade. Combining these interventions in sodium status is an effective method to maximize the antiproteinuric efficacy of RAAS blockade.
I just started taking losartan. So far I don’t think I have any side affects except made headaches from day one. I have other health problems and I don’t want to gain weight. I was just wondering if losartan can cause weight gain? Well, each person has their own side effect Today, I requested from my doctor, that I change, and the new med is Benicar HCT, it will not let me retain water, so it comes with a frequent bathroom breaks, but we shall see if my weight loss is back to where it should be???
Losartan is used to treat high blood pressure hypertension in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. It is also used to lower the risk of stroke in certain people with heart disease. Losartan is also used to slow long-term kidney damage in people with type 2 diabetes who also have high blood pressure.