The Latest Study Found The Culprit Behind Ineffectiveness Of Healthy Diet In High BP Sufferers

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Most of the big diseases in today’s world became big due to the level of trust in misconceptions attached to them.

Believe it or not, even in educated states, misconceptions have mastered their skills in people’s minds.

And when it comes to health and fitness tips, people tend to attract towards the easier solution, which itself is a misconception. We all know that the human body does respond to a short-term solution but in the end, either it doubles the tendency of disease or becomes unresponsive to the easy cure.


This phrase has been used for a really long time but didn’t quite manage to become a substitute for our short-term solutions. But that doesn’t rectify the importance and intelligence existing behind this phrase.

Let’s just address the common yet life-threatening diseases surrounding people nowadays. High blood pressure, High Cholesterol, Diabetes, and much more.

You might have heard the fact that our diets contribute a lot to the development of diseases such as high blood pressure and that changing it is the first step toward reducing its risk.

We can’t disagree with the fact that a healthy diet is the best, most effective, and beneficial cure for these diseases. Even though, if it was applied from the start these diseases wouldn’t have occurred in the first place.

But if we are talking about a healthy diet as a solution for high blood pressure then scientist have discovered another factor that shows how dietary changes work differently for different patients.

“Gut bacteria is also a factor in the effectiveness of his dietary change”

According to researchers from the U.K. and the U.S., a person’s gut bacteria is also a factor in the effectiveness of his dietary change. The results of the study were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Here’s how the study was conducted and came out with another factor related to high blood pressure, also known as, hypertension.

The research team, led by Dr. Rue Leng Loo of the University of Kent, pooled participants who followed three healthy diets which reduced their blood pressure readings. However, they found out that not all participants responded well to the healthy diet plan.

This is the factor behind a person’s unresponsive behavior towards the tried and tested diet:

You might be wondering how a healthy diet can be wrong? It’s not. But like we say  ‘ not everything is for everyone’, the same goes in the medical world.

Unveiling the culprit: The gut bacteria

Not to sound too dramatic, but that’s what the study concluded. The factor that determines the effectiveness and ineffectiveness of healthy dietary is gut bacteria.

What is gut bacteria?

gut bacteria are 300 to 500 different kinds of bacteria containing nearly 2 million genes that are living in your gut.

When paired with other tiny organisms like viruses and fungi, they make what’s known as the microbiota, or the microbiome.

Okay, this blog is not your biology class but in order to understand the study further, this little information is needed.

The study further conducted an examination of bacterial metabolites in the urine pointed out a likely culprit. There were differences in the composition of their gut bacteria.

To make it easier to understand let me throw a biological fact here.

Like a fingerprint, each person’s microbiota is unique: The mix of bacteria in your body is different from everyone else’s mix. It’s determined partly by your mother’s microbiota — the environment that you’re exposed to at birth — and partly from your diet and lifestyle.

So basically the time when we and those participants were expecting similar results because of similar diets wasn’t very medically.

Here’s what the report said, “Variation in metabolic phenotypes in response to specific healthy diets may hold clues as to the mechanisms underlying interindividual variations in response to dietary modulation and points to the potential importance of the gut microbiome in accounting for differences in dietary response and the subsequent impact on [blood pressure],” the authors wrote in their report. “The workflow presented here provides a clinically actionable framework to develop tailored dietary interventions designed to reduce [blood pressure] and other [cardiovascular disease] risk factors.”

Did the study come up with an alternative?

You might be wondering what’s plan B if the ritual treatment turned out to be a misconception?

Well, the study was conducted to address the approach people had towards a healthy diet.

According to the researchers, this adds more weight to evidence that claims gut microbiota can influence blood pressure. This data, they add, could be used in future studies by diabetologists, cardiologists, and dieticians as they look for new approaches to understanding how a person responds to certain types of diets, as well as checking their adherence.

So I guess it’s safe to say that once this study is acknowledged globally, diabetologists, cardiologists, and dieticians will come with a different approach for different for patients suffering from high blood pressure.

By Maira Feroz

A journalism student who's studying the native form of journalism but is performing it in the digital way.