Huge study finds a billion people suffer from high blood pressure
|Huge study finds a billion people suffer from high blood pressure||Darrell Miller||11/29/16|
November 29, 2016 10:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Huge study finds a billion people suffer from high blood pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease due to strain being put on the blood vessels and major organs of the body. Forty years ago, the main population to have the condition was the rich. These days, the poor make up a majority of the population with hypertension. This is believed to mainly be due to poor diet. It is estimated that just over 1.1 billion people today have the condition, which is double that of 40 years ago.
- The number of people with high blood pressure has almost doubled in 40 years to over 1.1 billion worldwide, scientists said on Wednesday.
- The increases are especially significant in Africa and South Asia, the researchers said, and could be partly due to poor nutrition in childhood.
- The condition is caused by a number of factors including having a diet high in salt and low in fruit and vegetables, and not taking enough exercise.
"The increases are especially significant in Africa and South Asia, the researchers said, and could be partly due to poor nutrition in childhood."