Mumbai: On the occasion of World Hypertension Day, May 17, 2016, a study by Indus Health Plus revealed self medication with high intake of pills leads to Hypertension in the age group of 25-35 years, resulting from stress and ignorance of the symptoms. The sample size for the study was 35,662 people who underwent preventive health check-up during January 2015 – April 2016.
|Indus Health Plus|
|Jan 2015 – April 2016|
|Total no. of people tested||13917
|List of diseases||In Numbers||In Percentage||In Numbers||In Percentage|
|Hyperlipidemia / Atherosclerosis||1337||6.8||1039||6.52|
Indus Health Plus Abnormality report states that out of 15 percent the Mumbai residents diagnosed with hypertension, almost 33 percent of them are under the risk of heart stroke and 30 percent for coronary heart disease.
Mr Amol Naikawadi, Preventive Healthcare Specialist, Indus Health Plus says, “The incidences of high BP are more amongst males (35-40 years) than females. It is not only prevalent in older age group but is affecting the youngsters in early 20’s. People who follow sedentary lifestyle with less or no physical activity fall prey to hypertension. If not treated on time it can lead to heart problems, renal and multiple organ failure.Timely and routine check-up can reduce the risk of Hypertension.
Key findings from the survey:
- People in age bracket of 35-50 years have been diagnosed with the increasing number of diabetes and kidney problems
- The prevalence of Hypertension comparatively has been high amongst 12 percent of urban adults
- Oily and salty food is a leading cause of BP with 25-35yrs of age (males, females) at higher risk
- 15-17 percent of the people under the age of 45-55 years are under the high risk of Diabetes due to the intake of sweets further adds to the high BP
- 11-12 percent of those in the younger age group have complained for restlessness and unexplained sweating and high stress levels
- 05 percent of people are aware about high BP but are not taking any treatment
- 15-20 percent of women in Mumbai are prone to obesity and hypertension due to added stress of both work and home duties
- 45-50 percent of those who came for checkup consume alcohol in huge numbers resulting in kidney disorders
Hypertension is becoming a threat amongst male specially working population. The increasing prevalence of hypertension is attributed to stress, sedentary lifestyle, obesity and lack of exercise. Calcium, potassium, magnesium, leafy vegetables and potatoes, helps maintaining a normal BP.