DASH diet and blood pressure among black Americans with and without CKD: The Jackson Heart Study

Crystal C. Tyson, Clemontina A. Davenport, Pao Hwa Lin, Julia J Scialla, Rasheeda Hall, Clarissa Diamantidis, Joseph Lunyera, Nrupen Bhavsar, Casey M. Rebholz, Jane Pendergast, L. Ebony Boulware, Laura P. Svetkey

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BACKGROUND The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet lowers blood pressure (BP) more effectively in blacks compared to other US racial subgroups. Considering chronic kidney disease (CKD) raises BP through complex mechanisms, DASH may affect BP differently among blacks with and without CKD. We compared the association of DASH accordance to BP and prevalent hypertension among blacks with and without CKD. METHODS Our study involved 3,135 black Americans enrolled in the Jackson Heart Study (2000–2004) with diet and office BP data. Using linear models adjusted for demographics, health behaviors, and clinical factors, we determined the association of a modified DASH score (excluding sodium intake, ranging from 0 to 8 with increasing DASH accordance) with BP. We performed tests for interaction between DASH score and CKD status. RESULTS Among participants (mean age: 55 years; hypertension: 60%; CKD: 19%), the median DASH score was similar among participants with and without CKD (1.0 [interquartile range (IQR): 0.5–2] and 1.0 [IQR: 0.5–1.5]). CKD status modified the association of the DASH score with systolic BP (SBP) and diastolic BP (DBP; P interactions were 0.06 and <0.01). Among participants without CKD, SBP and DBP were not associated with the DASH score (−0.4 [95% confidence interval: −1.0, 0.1] mm Hg and −0.1 [−0.4, 0.2] mm Hg per one unit higher DASH score). Among participants with CKD, one unit higher DASH score was associated with lower SBP by 1.6 (0.5, 2.6) mm Hg and lower DBP by 0.9 (0.3, 1.5) mm Hg. CONCLUSIONS Despite low DASH scores overall, better DASH accordance was associated with lower BP among Black Americans with CKD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)975-982
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Hypertension
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019


  • Black American
  • Blood pressure
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diet
  • Hypertension
  • Nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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