Dietary Factors and Higher Blood Pressure in African-Americans

Queenie Chan, Jeremiah Stamler, Paul Elliott*

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Adverse blood pressure (BP) is a major independent risk factor for epidemic cardiovascular diseases affecting almost one third of the US adult population. This review synthesizes results from studies published over the past few years on BP differences and prevalent hypertension between US blacks and whites and their different intakes of foods (e.g., fruits, vegetables, and dairy products) and micronutrients (e.g., vitamin D, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus). Studies have consistently reported higher prevalence of adverse BP levels and hypertension and less favorable dietary intakes in blacks than in whites, but the influence of specific dietary factors on high BP risk for blacks remains unclear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent hypertension reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2015


  • African-Americans
  • Blacks
  • Blood pressure
  • DASH
  • Diet
  • Hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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