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Every third Ukrainian has high blood pressure

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Dec. 14, 2010, 6:43 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Every third Ukrainian aged 18-65, including every fifth aged 18-25, has high blood pressure, according to a study, entitled "Main reasons for the high death rate in Ukraine" conducted by the World Bank, the results of which have been sent to the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia weekly newspaper. Two out of three overweight Ukrainians (with obesity) and with high blood pressure are older than 40. At the same time, the percentage of young people with high blood pressure is growing, especially among young men. In the east almost every third respondent aged under 40 has high blood pressure. The situation is even worse in the west where 47.5% of people under 40 have high blood pressure.

Almost 29% of the respondents are overweight, and 20% suffer from obesity.

According to the study, the respondents with low income are more liable to high blood pressure, while the prosperous respondents are mainly diagnosed with obesity.
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