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n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Hypertension and nutrition - role of the family physician : main article

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Abstract

Diseases such as hypertension, where a nutritional intervention plays a key role in management, are common in family practice. <BR>Hypertension is the most common problem for which patients visit family physicians. <BR>Over the past 30 years improved control of hypertension has contributed to a reduction of nearly 60% in stroke-related deaths and deaths from ischaemic heart disease. <BR>Lifestyle modification through active patient participation is the first-line management of hypertension. <BR>Hypertensive people can reduce their blood pressure significantly through nutritional changes. <BR>Patients with hypertension can now try a new and effective whole-food approach known as the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. <BR>The family physician is generally expected to give nutritional advice for secondary prevention. <BR>The family physician has to be able to give nutritional advice in all situations, and some patients expect advice or an opinion from their doctor on whether their usual diet conforms to current research and public health advice. <BR>Nutrition training must be included in the training of family physicians.

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2006-05-01
2016-12-05
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