A recent survey has revealed that 30 percent of Indians suffer from Hypertension (high BP), which is considered as a ‘silent killer’.
The study was conducted from 1990 to 2019 on ten crore people in 184 countries and the findings of the study were published in the ‘Lancet Journal’. The study was conducted with the cooperation of scientists from different countries including those from Indian Council of Medical Research (India) and the Imperial College of London. The study revealed that 85 lakh deaths took place worldwide every year due to heart attacks, kidney and heart problems linked to high BP. If the BP problem is solved, 40 percent of strokes and 50 percent of heart failures can be reduced. From 1990 to 2019, the BP problem has doubled both in men and women.
Doctors pointed out that in earlier times, high BP problems arose in people between 50 – 60 years, but many people between 25 to 30 years are suffering from it nowadays. Changed life-style, food habits are mainly responsible for the present-day scenario. Smoking, Liquor consumption, fast food, junk food and lack of physical exercise are resulting in high BP, which in turn is having adverse affect on the heart, brain, kidneys, liver, eyes, etc.
Doctors say it is necessary to change life style and food habits to keep BP under control. They suggest the following to check the hypertension problems: Give up smoking and drinking, reduce salt intake, avoid excessive oily and fatty foods, take nutritious food, change your life style by walking and easy exercise, don’t get tension for everything. If one gets high BP, he should take medicines regularly and get BP checked at least once in two months.