On the other hand, the Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and legumes, and nuts. It also consists of a moderate intake of fish, dairy, and wine, with little emphasis on meat.
In a study published in the American Heart Association Journals, the researchers concluded that the Mediterranean diet is an effective way of improving cardiovascular health in older adults. Moreover, it also resulted in relevant reductions in blood pressure and arterial stiffness³.
Diet for Elderly with Hypertension, Recommendations from Experts
In general, doctors still recommend a heart-healthy diet to hypertensive seniors. They also have good feedback on the DASH and Mediterranean diets.
Case in point: the National Institute on Aging advised older people with hypertension to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. They also recommend a diet low in sodium (particularly, the DASH diet) and one with a limited intake of alcohol⁴.
Another report said that a diet for elderly with hypertension should be heart-healthy. It specifically mentioned the DASH and Mediterranean diets, along with low-carb, plant-based, and vegetarian diets.