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We have looked at the observational evidence and potential mechanisms by which food influences the development of hypertension. However, only interventional studies can give us an approximate clue of the causal relationship between diet and blood pressure. Which diet is best for preventing and treating hypertension? (…)read more
The enormous medical and health economic relevance of hypertension has led to an intensified research of the causes and mechanisms of elevated blood pressure. However, the relationship between diet and blood pressure is still not fully understood. A definite cause of hypertension (…)read more
Due to its enormous medical and health economic relevance, a lot of effort has been put into conducting epidemiological studies focusing on hypertension and its association to nutritional factors. Providing only a hint towards potential causal relationships, what does the recent observational evidence say about diet and blood pressure? (…)read more
At the present time, standardized guidelines involving nonpharmacological and drug treatment approaches are applied globally to address the great burden of hypertension on individual health and global health care systems. The relationship between hypertension and lifestyle factors, including obesity, high dietary salt intake, smoking, alcohol consumption (…)read more
Arterial hypertension, also known as raised or elevated blood pressure, is one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular and renal disease. Hypertension and its complications are estimated to kill more than nine million people every year, and in most cases, hypertension kills silently (…)read more
In this last article of our “Power of Nutrition” series, we want to put those puzzle pieces of evidence together with epidemiological and clinical research as well as international guidelines to define the pattern of optimal nutrition. Such a pattern should minimize the risk of disease, optimize life quality, and extend lifetime (…)read more
Diet constitutes one of the most important modifiable risk factors for all kinds of diseases. How exactly can food influence our health? With this article, PAN wants to illuminate some of the basic mechanisms of how nutrition acts on our metabolism.
It may sound clichéd, but it’s true: food is (…)
50 to 70 percent of the cells within our body are not human. They are from microbes and bacteria that inhabit our body – our skin, respiratory tract, and especially the gut. In the past decade, research and knowledge of the gut microbiome has increased exponentially. The term “microbiome” refers to (…)read more
Provided that our genes determine our growth, our appearance, our functioning, and the development of disease – how is it possible that two people with the same genetic disposition, e.g. identical twins, do not always share the same looks or even the same illnesses? (…)read more
The so-called Blue Zones are regions of the world where people live much longer and healthier than average. They suffer from only a fraction of the diseases that are putting a great burden on people in other parts of the developed world. To date, five geographic areas have been identified where people live statistically the longest: (…)read more
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