A diet high in low-fat dairy products like yogurt can help prevent heart problems and related conditions like type 2 diabetes. Now, a new analysis published in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests that eating yogurt can lower cardiovascular disease risk in men and women with high blood pressure.
The analysis involved data on 55,000 women aged 30 to 55 with hypertension from the Nurses' Health Study and 18,000 men aged 40 to 75 from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. The researchers analyzed participants’ dietary habits and medical records to obtain information about heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diagnoses.
Female subjects who ate the most yogurt had a 30 percent lower average risk of heart attack, and men had a 19 percent lower risk. During the follow-up period, both men and women who ate more than two servings of yogurt per week had a 20 percent lower risk of heart attack or stroke.