Mumbai: The National Family Health Report (NFHS-5) shows that one in eight women and more than one in five men across the country suffer from high blood pressure between the ages of 30 and 39. It also found that high blood pressure increased with age in women and men.
The age of onset of high blood pressure due to lifestyle change and stress is now less than 40 years old. Men are more likely than women to have high blood pressure, according to the report. About 21% of women suffer from high blood pressure, while about 39% of women have a history of the disease. In men, the incidence is slightly higher, with about 24 percent having high blood pressure. About 49% of men have a history of the disease.
The highest incidence of hypertension in men is in the age group of 70 years and older, but it is also reported in the age group of 30 to 39 years. About 19 percent of men in this age group suffer from high blood pressure, compared to 28 percent between the ages of 40 and 49. The prevalence of this disease is highest in the age group of 25 to 50 years. Between 25 and 29 years and between 30 and 39 years, the prevalence of the disease is 54 and 55 percent, respectively. About 50 percent of young people between the ages of 20 and 24 are at risk of contracting the disease.
The same trend is prevalent among women, with the highest incidence of high blood pressure occurring in women aged 70 and over. Among women in the age group 30-39 and 40-49, the proportion is 13 and 25 percent, respectively. About 35% of women between the ages of 25 and 29 and 42% of women between the ages of 30 and 49 are at risk of contracting the disease.
23% suffer from high blood pressure in the state
About 23 percent of women in the state have high blood pressure, and about 39 percent of women have a history of the disease. The prevalence of the disease in men is about 24% and about 48% of men are prone to the disease.
The proportion is higher in obese people.
High blood pressure is also seen in men and women with an increasing body mass index. More than 40% of obese men and 28% of women suffer from high blood pressure.