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High Blood Pressure and Plant Based Diet

Updated: Jun 29, 2021

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is common among Malaysians with at least 1 in 3 above age of 18.

- Ministry of Health, Malaysia

It is the main cause of heart attack and stroke, the top two killers for both men and women in Malaysia.

“These diets [plant-based diets] are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, and help you maintain a healthy weight, all of which can lower your risk of heart disease.”

By Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School

“A plant-based diet can reduce blood pressure and lower the risk for heart disease.”

Dr. Neal Barnard, Physicians Committee, USA.

Know the facts

Normal blood pressure is below 120/80 mmHg, but high blood pressure is higher than 130/80 mmHg.

The common risk factors that increase your blood pressure are:

  • Unhealthy diet

  • Being obese or overweight

  • Diabetes

  • High cholesterol

  • Physical inactivity

Controlling your blood pressure is very important because high blood pressure could lead to a heart attack, stroke, and other problems.

Lifestyle factors including plant-based diet are the best way to address high blood pressure.

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