Age-related association between body mass index and blood pressure in normal adult males.
Proceeding Shaikh Zayed Postgrad Med Inst Jan ;18(2):73-6.
To see age related association between body mass index and blood pressure. One hundred and fifty normal adult males were included in the study. According to age, they were divided into five groups, each having thirty subjects. Complete medical history was taken. General physical examination done. Height and weight were measured and body mass index calculated, Average of three blood pressure readings was taken as basal blood pressure. Statistical analysis of the data showed, stronger relationship between body mass index and blood pressure in older age groups than younger age groups. In our subjects the increase in mean blood pressure for a I unit increase in body mass index (kg/m2) was 0.41, 0.47, 0.72, 0.80 mmHg in the 18-30, 31-43, 44-56 and 57-69 and above 69 years age group respectively, Age modifies the relation between body mass index and blood pressure. As age advances, blood pressure rises but accelerated rise in blood pressure in later age groups is due to increase in body mass index. So individuals in later age groups should avoid to become overweight and also avoid all possible causes leading to obesity.
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