Southern diet helps explain extra high blood pressure risk for black men

By Lisa Rapaport

(Reuters Health) – High blood pressure is widespread among African-American men at least in part because they’re more likely than other people to eat a traditional Southern diet with lots of fried and fatty foods, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers followed 6,897 people in the South who didn’t have high blood pressure in 2003-2007, including 1,807 African-American men and women. After about 9 years, 46 percent of black participants and 33 percent of white participants developed high blood pressure.

Among all men, a traditionally Southern diet was associated with a 16 percent higher risk of developing high blood pressure, and for women, a 17 percent increased risk. As a group, African-American men ate a more traditionally Southern diet than other men or women in the study,…

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