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Incidence of Diet and High Blood Pressure

As per the global survey conducted in the year 2000 by The Lancet, there were 118 million Indians who suffer from hypertension, half of them being women. The Lancet has recently argued that aggressive control strategies are necessary since the number of hypertensive people is rising sharply especially in the developing nations like India and China.


Recent studies suggest than one in three urban Indians has high blood pressure, however to some extent rural India is still relatively free from hypertension. This can be linked to the increase in the number of deaths in India due to cardio vascular disease. City dwellers have increased their consumption of salt and processed foods and more often lead a more sedentary life than their rural counterparts.

According to a cross sectional and interventional study on the effects of inhalation of salt particles in non-brine workers carried out in India, salt inhalation may also raise blood pressure. (‘Risk of high blood pressure in salt workers working near salt mining plants’ : by Kripa Ram Haldiya, Murali Lal Mathur, Raman Sachdev and Habibullah N. Saiyed)

“Hypertension has gone a bit out of fashion,” says Dr. Jan Ostergren of Sweden’s Karolinska University Hospital, who co-authored a first-of-its-kind analysis of the global impact of high blood pressure. Although it is a common problem detection and hence early control of blood pressure is still at a basic level and many physicians and doctors feel that not enough measures have been taken for its prevention or control unlike other high profile diseases like bird flu or HIV. Hypertension is a silent killer disease and if left untreated it can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke as well as kidney failure and eye damage.

Dietary salt increases the blood pressure in most people who have already been diagnosed as hypertensive. With increasing age, dietary salt can cause high blood pressure in about a quarter of those with normal blood pressure.


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i have 140/90 BP. what should i do and not to do.
viveklala Thursday, June 13, 2013
let me know min bp 73 and high bp 117 for 43 age comes under which level BP
ganeshdubai Friday, December 7, 2012
so it means Ca tablets decreases blood pressure.
amna.t Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Thank you for this very simple way of giving information about your topic. A layman like me can easily understand it.I am on maintenance dose for high blood pressure; so, I am very much concerned. I am also on low salt and fat diet. I am now 65 but very hopeful I will be Ok. - Mrs. Niceras J. Geron of Tuguegarao City, Philippines
nice65 Thursday, July 14, 2011
DASH is fine enough. but will somebody please tell me, what is a serving... i mean in terms of spoons or cups...
Pria Mathur Monday, February 9, 2009

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