RELATION OF HYPERTENSION WITH BODY MASS INDEX AND AGE IN MALE AND FEMALE POPULATION OF PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN
AbstractBackground: Hypertension, a condition developed as a result of high blood pressure is stronglycorrelated with body mass index (BMI). Obesity was noted to be a single best predictor ofhypertension incidence, and was regarded as a major controllable contributor to hypertension.Overweight and obesity is conveniently determined from BMI. Present study was conducted inKhyber Medical College (KMC) Peshawar to investigate the relation of hypertension with BMIand age. The objective of the present investigation is to establish a relationship betweenhypertension and BMI in male and female population of Peshawar with consideration of age.Methods: This study was conducted at KMC, Peshawar during 2008–2009. A total of 1006 adultmale and female volunteers were the subject of present research and were categorised in terms oftheir ages. BMI was determined from weight and height; the subjects were grouped as normal,overweight and obese. Hypertension was determined from the measure of blood pressure. Results:The results show a consistence relation between BMI and hypertension within age groups in bothmale and females. The figures exhibited a relation of age with BMI and hypertension in bothmales and females subjects. Conclusion: The results showed a higher trend of hypertension withincreasing BMI. In young females it was noted that with a shift from normal BMI the incidence ofhypertension was very high.Keywords: Hypertension, BMI, blood pressure
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