PREMIER Research Study

PREMIER is a research study that tested the effects of comprehensive and simultaneous lifestyle changes on blood pressure. Weight loss, exercise, and a healthy diet each reduce blood pressure and control hypertension without medication. PREMIER compared three different programs that combine lifestyle changes to reduce blood pressure.

This study showed that people with above-optimal blood pressure, including stage 1 hypertension, can successfully make multiple lifestyle changes that lower blood pressure. Together, these lifestyle changes should substantially lower the risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and perhaps cancer. Details of these results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2003.

This website is for those who want more information about the design and conduct of PREMIER, or who are interested in the intervention materials used in the study. If used or adapted for other projects, please state that the materials were used with permission of the PREMIER collaborative research group.