Hypertension is the single major risk factor for stroke, which is a highly preventable medical condition globally, irrespective of age and sex, reveals a study led by an Indian-origin researcher.
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With 30 per cent of deaths in India attributed to hypertension and diseases triggered by it, health experts across the country cautioned youngsters to regulate their eating habits and improve fitness.
Change in the lifestyle of the youth, lack of nutritious food, steroids and oral contraceptives are among the major reasons that are causing hypertension among the young population.
With one in every three Indians suffering from hypertension and heart ailments responsible for over 30 percent of deaths in the country.
About 7 percent of kids between the ages of 3 and 18 have elevated blood pressure, also called hypertension or pre-hypertension.
One third of India's population is likely to suffer from hypertension by 2020, with around 20 per cent of the rural population too to be a victim, said health experts.
About 20 per cent of India's youth suffer from hypertension which makes them 40 percent more vulnerable to kidney damage and cardiac arrest.
Over 20 per cent of Indian youth suffer from hypertension problems due to their sedentary lifestyle, experts have said.
From 2000 to 2010, the rate of hypertension in middle- and lower-income countries increased by nearly eight percent. For higher-income countries in that same time period, it decreased by nearly three percent.