The effects of dietary patterns on urinary albumin excretion: results of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Trial.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

BACKGROUND: Dietary studies designed to decrease the urinary albumin excretion rate (AER) typically reduce protein by increasing lower protein plant foods and decreasing higher protein animal products. STUDY DESIGN: We evaluated AER while increasing protein intake in the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Trial (randomized, parallel group, 8 week controlled feeding). SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: 378 individuals without diabetes with prehypertension or stage I hypertension. INTERVENTION: The DASH diet, 18% energy from protein, emphasizes, among other features, low-fat dairy products; and the fruit/vegetable (FV) and control diets, each with 15% energy from protein. OUTCOME: AER. MEASUREMENTS: We measured AER by using immunoassay and covariates at baseline and after 8 weeks. RESULTS: Baseline AER had a geometric mean value of 4.0 +/- 0.2 (SE) mg/24 h. In 285 participants with baseline AER less than 7 mg/24 h, AER was unchanged by diet treatment (geometric mean, 2.5 +/- 0.2 mg/24 h in the control diet, 3.0 +/- 0.2 mg/24 h in the FV diet, and 2.8 +/- 0.2 mg/24 h in the DASH diet). Conversely, in 93 participants with baseline AER of 7 mg/24 h or greater, end-of-feeding AER was lower in the FV diet (6.6 +/- 1.0 mg/24 h) than in the control (11.4 +/- 1.8 mg/24 h; P = 0.01) or DASH diets (11.7 +/- 1.6 mg/24 h; P = 0.005). The DASH and control diets were not different (P = 0.9). LIMITATIONS: Long-term AER change not studied. CONCLUSIONS: The decrease in AER after 8 weeks occurred in only those with high-normal baseline AER in the FV diet, in a pattern distinct from the blood pressure decrease. The DASH diet did not increase AER despite a 3% increase in energy from protein.

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Cited Authors

  • Jacobs, DR; Gross, MD; Steffen, L; Steffes, MW; Yu, X; Svetkey, LP; Appel, LJ; Vollmer, WM; Bray, GA; Moore, T; Conlin, PR; Sacks, F

Published Date

  • April 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 53 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 638 - 646

PubMed ID

  • 19167797

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2676223

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1523-6838

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1053/j.ajkd.2008.10.048


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States