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India’s urban middle class has high prevalence of cardiometabolic risk factors, finds study

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2992 (Published 01 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2992
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Cardiometabolic risk factors are highly prevalent among India’s urban middle class, indicate the findings of an 11 city, cross sectional survey.1 But a comparatively lower prevalence was seen in cities in eastern India and cities that ranked lower on a social development index.

Published in the Journal of Global Health, the study found that the prevalence of high blood pressure, high cholesterol concentrations, overweight, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome was significantly lower among people living in urban regions of eastern India (P<0.05). Diabetes and metabolic syndrome were more prevalent in north Indian cities.

One of the study’s coauthors, Rajeev Gupta, told The BMJ that, unlike most other reports, his …

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