Frequent eating out puts Delhiites at risk of hypertension

Frequent eating out puts Delhiites at risk of hypertension


Hypertension is one of the most serious conditions that can lead to many deadly diseases. It raises normal blood pressure and leads to death or disabilities such as kidney failure, strokes, heart attack and other dangerous diseases if the condition is not treated timely.

On the occasion of World Hypertension Day on 17th May, Indus Health Plus revealed statistics, which show that around 8% of Delhi’s population suffers the risk of hypertension.

A study of 24,642 people was conducted between the months of January 2015 to April 2016, and during this period, the participants were advised to undergo preventive medical check-ups.

It is well known that Delhiites are food lovers. On an average, a Delhiite family goes out to eat once a week. This leads to consumption of unwanted fats and oils. The study reveals that 5-7% of Delhi families are at risk of incurring high BP (blood pressure). The increasing popularity of indoor games coupled with no physical exercise has increased such risks in teenagers as well by 5 %.

There has been an alarming rise of hypertension cases in Delhi. Youngsters belonging to the age group of 25-30 experience excessive stress and weight gain which leads to hypertension.

The risk of high BP is common among males of 35-40 than women. Idle lifestyle with no exercise and unhealthy eating habits are potent causes of hypertension. If the condition is ignored people can suffer from cardiac diseases and multiple organs and renal failure.

Amol Naikawadi, a Preventive Healthcare Specialist and the Joint Managing Director at Indus Health Plus, says that following a healthy lifestyle and routine checkup can prevent hypertension.

High blood pressure is a common condition throughout the world. In Delhi, 8% of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. As high BP does not have any conspicuous symptoms, it becomes difficult to detect. Therefore, a regular check up is absolutely essential.

Almost a third of the people who went for medical examination were oblivious towards signs such as nosebleed, palpitation, headache and chest pain. Consuming foods rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium can reduce the risks of high blood pressure and hypertension.