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Gut microbiome and blood pressure study – seeking hypertensive volunteers

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Are you interested in joining a 9-week dietary study to see if a fibre supplement can decrease blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a highly prevalent disease in Australia, affecting 1 in 3 people. It is a disease where the blood vessels are pumped with more force than usual, which adds stress to important organs and increases the chance of having a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as a 'silent' disease, as it usually has no symptoms until it might be too late!

Diet has long been known to influence blood pressure, and new research from our lab suggests that this may be due to tiny microorganisms living in our gut, known as gut microbes. The purpose of our study is to test if a modified high fibre food supplement will lower blood pressure through interactions with the gut, and the possible mechanisms that are involved.

Do you (or someone you know) fit our selection criteria?

  • Are you 18–70 years old?

  • Do you have high blood pressure (140/90 -160/100)

  • Are you not taking medication?

    For more information, contact details are below or visit our website:



    Dakota Rhys-Jones (Study Coordinator)

    T: 03 9905 8098



    Dr. Francine Marques (Principal Investigator)

    T: 03 9905 6958

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