Get moving, eat right : ‘At 40%, Punjabis more prone to hypertension than Haryanvis’ | punjab | chandigarh

Two studies conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) have found the prevalence of hypertension in Punjab at 40%. This is 15% more to Haryana (25%). Experts say Punjabis lack of physical exercise, making them more prone to hypertension.

These studies were primarily aimed at estimating the prevalence of hypertension and pre-hypertension and the risk factors of hypertension in the Punjab and Haryana.

While findings of a survey conducted in Punjab have been published in PLOS One journal (December 2017), a survey conducted in Haryana has been finalised, but not yet published. As per Dr JS Thakur, school of public health, PGI, over 5,000 people from each state were enrolled for the studies and these included participants from every district.

In Punjab, the prevalence of Hypertension and pre-hypertension was 40.1% and 40.8%. Only 30.1% knew they had hypertension or taking treatment, and among them nearly 61% had controlled blood pressure.

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