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Obesity and Hypertension: Effect of Weight Gain on Hypertension

Journal: International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) (Vol.9, No. 6)

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Page : 1221-1223

Keywords : overweight; Pre hypertension; Body Mass Index; hypertension;

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Obesity is a major cause of hypertension. Obese individuals exhibit higher levels of blood pressure from childhood to old age. This study focuses on both men and women to assess the prevalence of obesity and hypertension among urban adults in Hyderabad. Four hundred thirteen people aged between 20- 80 years were screened for hypertension. Citys leading diagnostic center conducted the tests. Height and weight was recorded and BMI calculated A semi structured questionnaire is prepared to collect information of demographic profile. Educational status indicated that Graduates among men are 91.1 percent and among females 85.8 percent. Employed men constitute 79.4 percent and 12.9 percent women are employed. Nuclear families among Hindus are 61.6 and in Muslims 81.5 percent. BMI among males ranged between 21.6 to 33.6 with one group having BMI above 30, and 3groups the normal category. Among females, BMI ranged between 19.9 to 39.4 with three groups having BMI more than 30 and 3 groups having normal BMI. Systolic pressure above normal level is seen in 55.9 in males and in females, it is 40.1 percent, diastolic pressure is 62. percent in males and 37.1 in females. Conclusion is that among those having above normal BMI Blood Pressure is also high indicating that BMI and Blood Pressure are related.

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