Eating fresh pears may improve blood pressure and vascular function in middle-aged men and women who are at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. “These initial results are very promising,” said lead author Sarah A Johnson, who conducted the research while at Florida State University. “With metabolic syndrome being of such high prevalence in the US, we feel it is important to explore the potential for functional foods such as pears to improve cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure in affected middle-aged adults,” Johson said, who is now at from the Colorado State University.
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