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Pills are not the answer to unhealthy lifestyles

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3046 (Published 12 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3046
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief
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More than half of adults aged over 45 will be labelled as hypertensive if new US guidelines are adopted, concludes a study in The BMJ this week (doi:10.1136/bmj.k2357). This equates to 70 million people in the US and 267 million people in China being eligible for antihypertensive drugs, a marked increase on already high rates of drug treatment for high blood pressure. Furthermore, the study calculates that 7.5 million people in the US and 55 million in China would be advised to start drug treatment, …

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