Dietary macronutrients and blood pressure in southwestern China

Jiang He, Michael J. Klag, Paul K. Whelton, Jun Yun Chen, Ming Chu Qian, Guan Qing Het

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Objectives: To study the relationship between dietary macronutrients and blood pressure. Design: A cross-sectional study. Setting: Liangshan, southwestern China. Participants: Three hundred and twelve Yi farmers living in a remote mountainous area, and 264 Yi migrants and 251 Han people living in an urban setting. Main outcome measurements: Blood pressure and dietary nutrient intake, obtained by asking the subjects to recall their nutrient consumption during the previous 24 h, were measured on three consecutive days. Results: After adjusting for age, body mass index, alcohol use, urinary excretion of sodium, total energy intake and area of residence and after correcting for the effects of regression dilution bias, a 1 SD higher intake of dietary total protein (39g) was associated with lower systolic (-3.55 mmHg), and diastolic (-2.16mmHg) blood pressures. Likewise, a 1 SD higher fiber intake (10g) was significantly associated both with a lower systolic (-2.20 mmHg) and with a lower diastolic (-2.08 mmHg) blood pressure. Conclusion: Diets higher in protein and fiber content are associated with a lower blood pressure in the present population sample. The present results indicate that dietary intake of macronutrients might be important in the development and prevention of high blood pressure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1267-1274
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of hypertension
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1995


  • Blood pressure
  • Dietary fiber
  • Dietary proteins
  • Vegetarian diet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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