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  DASH diet

DASH diet

   An eating plan designed to lower the blood pressure. DASH is an acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The DASH "combination diet" has been shown to decrease the blood pressure and so helps prevent and control high blood pressure. The DASH "combination diet" is rich in fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy foods, and low in saturated and total fat. It also is low in cholesterol, high in dietary fiber, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, and moderately high in protein.


The life-maintaining fluid which is made up of plasma, red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), and platelets; blood circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries; it carries away waste matter and carbon dioxide, and brings nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen to the tissues.


The fleshy or dry ripened ovary of a plant, enclosing the seed or seeds.

Anything which, when taken into the body, serves to nourish or build up the tissues or to supply body heat. (Dorland, 27th ed)

A major energy source for animals and humans. Fat contains nine calories per gram.

A substance similar to fat that is found in the blood, muscles, liver, brain, and other body tissues.

A substance in foods that comes from plants. Fiber helps with digestion by keeping stool soft so that it moves smoothly through the colon. Soluble fiber dissolves in water. Soluble fiber is found in beans, fruit, and oat products. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. Insoluble fiber is found in whole-grain products and vegetables.

Chemical element needed for healthy teeth, bones and nerves

Any of a group of complex organic compounds which contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and usually sulfur, the characteristic element being nitrogen. Proteins, the principal constituents of the protoplasm of all cells, are of high molecular weight and consist essentially of combinations of a-amino acids in peptide linkages. Twenty different amino acids are commonly found in proteins, and each protein has a unique genetically defined amino acid sequence which determines its specific shape and function. Their roles include enzymatic catalysis, transport and storage, coordinated motion, nerve impulse generation and many others.



Dandy fever
An acute mosquito- borne viral illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, prostration, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy) and rash.

Danlos syndrome
Better known today as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), this is an inherited disorder with easy bruising, joint hypermobility (loose joints), skin laxity, and weakness of tissues. There are a number of different Ehlers-Danlos syndromes which share these features but can be categorized into nine different types.

Danon disease
A genetic disorder characterized by heart problems, mental retardation and muscle weakness that affects males who usually die of cardiac arrhythmia or heart failure at around the age of 30. The disease is due to a deficiency of LAMP-2 (which stands for lysosome-associated membrane protein 2.)

Darier disease
A genetic skin disease characterized by slowly progressive hardening of the skin (keratoses) around the hair follicles. This disorder is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner and is due to mutation in a gene called ATP2A2 on chromosome 12. Also known as keratosis follicularis.

Dark adaptometry
A type of electrophysiologic retinal testing done to measure the period of time which passes before the retina regains its maximal sensitivity to low amounts of light when going from conditions of bright light to darkness.

DASH diet

Date, expiration
The date for a drug estimated for its shelf life with proper storage in sealed containers away from harmful and variable factors like heat and humidity.

1. A female offspring. 2. A female adopted child. 3. A product of radioactive decay. 4. A cell resulting from cell division.

Abbreviation meaning "dispense as written." One of a number of hallowed abbreviations of terms that have traditionally been used in prescriptions.

Day sight
Day sight (night blindness) is a classic symptom resulting from deficiency of vitamin A. Also called nocturnal amblyopia and nyctanopia.

Dialectical behavioral therapy.

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