'Western' diseases rise in India

2019-03-02 10:17:04

Cardiovascular disease is becoming the biggest killer in rural India – and the healthcare system is not ready to cope. Bruce Neal of the George Institute for International Health in Sydney, Australia, and colleagues studied 345 people aged 20 to 90, with an average age of 41, living in villages in the state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. They found that one person in five suffered from high blood pressure, 3.7 per cent had diabetes, 17 per cent were overweight and 2.5 per cent had had a heart attack or stroke (International Journal of Cardiology, DOI: