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Postmenopausal women and their endothelium: Is acute dietary nitrate supplementation protective?

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Due to the loss of estrogen, women experience a unique accelerated rise in cardiovascular disease risk factors following menopause. Postmenopausal women represent a population at heightened risk for cardiovascular disease development. The purpose of this study is to test the effects of a one time dose of beetroot juice on blood vessel function and resting blood pressure in healthy, postmenopausal women. Participants will drink beetroot juice and a placebo juice and blood pressure and blood vessel function will be measured.
Jocelyn Delgado at or 408-679-8390
18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
Women following menopause
Exclusion Criteria:
Individuals taking hormone therapy
Individuals with resting blood pressure > or = 130/80 mmHg
Users of any tobacco and/or nicotine products (smokers, chewing tobacco, nicotine-containing patches/gum, smokeless cigarettes)
Individuals with any overt cardiovascular, metabolic, hematologic, pulmonary, renal, musculoskeletal, and/or neurological disease(s)
Food & Nutrition, Heart & Vascular, Women's Health
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State College, PA