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High blood pressure is the leading health risk factor in India, finds study

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5034 (Published 22 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5034
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

High systolic blood pressure is the leading modifiable health risk factor in India, causing 7.8% of the total health loss and associated with almost 1.6 million deaths in 2013, a recent study has found.

Also identified in the study were high blood sugar, which caused 5.2% of the total health loss, and household air pollution from solid fuels, which caused 4.7%.1 Together with high blood pressure, these risk factors were linked to 3.3 million premature deaths in India in 2013. Unsafe water sources and smoking were the other highly ranked risk factors.

The study, published in the Lancet, was …

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