The replacement of dietary carbohydrates with proteins can lower blood pressure (BP), but the mechanisms remain unclear. This randomized, double-blind, parallel-group study aimed to compare 12-h postprandial sympathetic and hemodynamic responses after high-protein (HP) meals and high-carbohydrate (HC) meals. Fifty-two men and women with untreated elevated BP were tested on d 1 and after 4 wk of supplementation [3 x 20 g protein (HP) or maltodextrin (HC) per day]. No between-group differences were found in postprandial plasma norepinephrine on d 1 and at wk 4. On d 1, postprandial mean arterial pressure (MAP) decreased more in the HC group than in the HP group (P = 0.002). This difference was not present at 4 wk, because the postprandial decline in MAP tended to become larger in the HP group after 4 wk of supplementation (P = 0.07). On both test days, postprandial total peripheral resistance tended to decrease more in the HC group (P < 0.08). After 4 wk of supplementation, cardiac output tended to increase more in the HC group (P = 0.08). In conclusion, ingestion of an HP diet induced a smaller decrease in BP on d 1 than did ingestion of an HC diet. This difference disappeared after 4 wk due to a more pronounced decrease in BP in the HP group after 4 wk than on d 1. These findings cannot explain the BP-lowering effect ascribed to dietary proteins.
- SYSTEMIC HEMODYNAMIC-CHANGES
- SYMPATHETIC ACTIVITY
- ELDERLY SUBJECTS
Teunissen-Beekman, K. F. M., Dopheide, J., Geleijnse, J. M., Bakker, S., Brink, E. J., de Leeuw, P. W., Serroyen, J., & van Baak, M. A. (2013). Blood pressure decreases more after high-carbohydrate meals than after high-protein meals in overweight adults with elevated blood pressure, but there is no difference after 4 weeks of consuming a carbohydrate-rich or protein-rich diet. Journal of Nutrition, 143(4), 424-429. https://doi.org/10.3945/jn.112.166744