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16th September, 2017
Maintaining healthy weight throughout life prevents increase in BP with age

Dr KK Aggarwal

Maintaining a healthy body weight throughout life has been identified as the most important factor that maintains blood pressure (BP) at optimum levels and prevents increase in BP from young adulthood into middle age, according to a new research presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Hypertension, AHA Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease, American Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Sessions 2017 in San Francisco. 
 
The 25-year follow-up study evaluated more than 4500 subjects of the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study, who were 18 to 30 years old in 1985 and 1986, when the study began and examined the effect of five health behaviors on blood pressure levels.
  1. Healthy body weight (body mass index less than 25 kg/m2)
  2. Never smoking
  3. Zero to seven alcoholic drinks per week for women and zero to 14 for men
  4. Moderate to vigorous physical activity for 150 min or more every week
  5. Eating a healthy diet, based on adhering to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension eating plan
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New Delhi, 15 September 2017: A bacterial infection taking a toll on many, scrub typhus causes symptoms that are akin to chikungunya. In 2016, of the 150 tested for the infection, 33 were positive. There are 35% to 40% chances of fatality if the disease is left untreated. As per the IMA, there is a need for greater awareness on scrub typhus among physicians working at the primary and secondary care levels as well as for better availability of diagnostics in the healthcare system.
 
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