The 28-day diabetic meal plan, also called the DASH diet, helps lower cholesterol by reducing sodium consumption. The Mayo Clinic applauds the DASH diet for emphasizing reduction of sodium and sugar intake. This reduces the risk of some conditions, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, from worsening or developing.
The DASH diet emphasizes eating a wide variety of foods, mostly fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, nuts and legumes. These foods contain important nutrients that help regulate blood pressure levels. Foods in the DASH diet contain low levels of cholesterol and fat. In addition to diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure, the Mayo Clinic asserts the DASH diet may reduce peoples' risk of developing cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis.