Low-fat dairy products may lower high blood pressure risk

February 27, 2008 2:20:42 PM PST
Women who regularly consume low fat milk or yogurt may have a lower risks of developing high blood pressure.

Research that will appear in the April issue of Hypertension finds that those who had the most low fat dairy in their diets were slightly less likely to develop high blood pressure over 10 years. They found a similar blood pressure benefit when they looked at the women's intake of calcium and vitamin D. Most Americans get that mainly through dairy products.

Scientists say they're not sure why, but they believe calcium itself may play a "major role" in the association between low fat dairy foods and lower blood pressure.