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World Hypertension Day: Why young Indians need to be cautious about high BP levels

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Updated on: 17 May,2022 10:39 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Sarasvati T | sarasvati.nagesh@mid-day.com

While hypertension affects over 40 percent of adults in India, only over five percent of diagnosed hypertensives are undergoing treatment for the condition. On World Hypertension Day, experts weigh in on the causes, effects and prevention of hypertension

World Hypertension Day: Why young Indians need to be cautious about high BP levels

Prevention of hypertension involves changes in diet and sleep patterns. Image for representation: iStock


Having elevated blood pressure levels, or hypertension, is considered to be common among Indians, but not many are aware of the risks associated with the condition, which affects over 40 percent of adults. According to the National Family and Health Survey’s (NFHS) latest report, 21 percent of women and 24 percent of men of age 15 years and over have hypertension and around 40 percent of adults of age 15 years and over are pre-hypertensive. The NFHS data further reveals, among the diagnosed hypertensives only 7 percent of women and 6 percent of men took medicines to lower their blood pressure.


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