Consuming yogurt may keep blood pressure at bay in older adults

Consuming more yogurt may be beneficial for lowering blood pressure in elderly people, according to a study released in the International Dairy Journal.

The study was conducted by a team at the University of Maine.

For the study, cross-sectional data of over 900 adult participants were analyzed as part of the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study.

About 62 percent of the participants exhibited high blood pressure. It was determined that those who consumed yogurt had more reductions in abnormal blood pressure compared to those who exhibited normal blood pressure readings.

“Cross-sectional analyses were undertaken on 915 community-dwelling adults from the Maine–Syracuse Longitudinal Study,” the authors wrote in their journal article.

“Multivariable regression analyses revealed significant inverse associations between yogurt and both systolic blood pressure and mean arterial pressure in hypertensive but not non-hypertensive participants.”

“Future observational and intervention studies should continue to focus on at-risk individuals to examine the potential benefits of yogurt,” the authors concluded.

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