We used cross-sectional data from a study of men and women
aged 47–73 years (n = 2,047). Participants completed a physical
examination that included 3 standardized clinical BP recordings.
A subsample (n = 1,187) had ambulatory BP measurements
(ABPM) taken. Diet was assessed using a DASH dietary score constructed
from a standard Food Frequency Questionnaire. Lower
scores indicated less healthy diets. Hypertension was defined as
clinic BP ≥ 140/90 mm Hg on medication or as 24-hour ABPM ≥