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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be a part of this research study? 

You may be eligible for this study if you 

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 69 

  • Have been diagnosed with high blood pressure 

  • Are taking no more than two medications for hypertension 

  • Do not smoke

  • Are generally healthy, without cancer, kidney disease, liver disease or heart failure 

  • Live in the San Diego area 

What will participants do?

Participants will eat only the foods and drinks provided by the study and will visit the study clinic at UC San Diego up to two times per week to measure the effects of study diets. Study participation is voluntary.

Where will the study take place? ​

Study visits will take place at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla. 

What are the benefits to participating? 

The potential benefits of this research to science and society are considerable. This study has tremendous public health relevance given the importance of adhering to low sodium diets for improved heart health. As compensation, participants will receive up to $400 for their time and effort. Participants also receive food that is estimated to be valued at $1750.

How long does study participation last?

Participation in the study will last for approximately 60 days.

Are there any costs associated with participating in this study?​

There is no cost to you for participating in this study. 

Is it safe to participate in this study?​

This study has been reviewed and approved by the UCSD Human Research Protections Program. Interested individuals who are eligible to participate will have a chance to review a full description of all planned study procedures, plus benefits and risks before deciding whether to participate. 

Who is conducting this study?

The study is being conducted by Dr. Cheryl Anderson of the University of California, San Diego.

How can I sign up? 

To find out more or to sign up, visit our "How to Join" page for the contact information for our study office.