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  1. Health and Nutrition News

  2. Mar 20, 2015

Elevated Blood Pressure Linked to Increased Protein Intake

High protein consumption may increase blood pressure, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Researchers evaluated the diets of 121 patients with type 2 diabetes. Participants were divided into two groups according to blood pressure – uncontrolled (≥ 135/85 mm Hg) or controlled (≤ 135/85 mm Hg). According to a three-day diet analysis, the group with uncontrolled blood pressure consumed more protein and meat than the group with controlled blood pressure. The controlled blood pressure group also consumed a diet higher in carbohydrates. These findings follow previous studies that show the benefits of plant-based diets on blood pressure.


  1. Mattos CB, Vianna LC, Paula TP, et al. Increased protein intake is associated with uncontrolled blood pressure by 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in patients with type 2 diabetes. J Am Coll Nutr. 2015;0:1-8.
  2. Yokoyama Y, Nishimura K, Barnard ND, et al. Vegetarian diets and blood pressure: a meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med. Published online February 24, 2014.

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