More than one billion people worldwide have high blood pressure

More than one billion people worldwide have high blood pressure

More than 1.1 billion people worldwide suffer from high blood pressure. That’s twice as many as forty years ago. This is evident from international research, that appears in the leading medical journal The Lancet.

The doubling is because there are more people on the earth. Forty years ago, the planet’s four billion people, now there are 7.4 billion.

Moreover, people older than in the past. The average blood pressure is increased in poor countries and countries with an average income. Almost half live in South and East Asia. So has China 226 million people with high blood pressure and India, two hundred million.

The average blood pressure is strongly decreased in rich countries. “High blood pressure means no longer associated with prosperity, but with poverty”, say the researchers. That may have to do with better health care in the rich countries.

This is a high blood pressure previously detected and treated better. In addition to eat people in rich countries are healthier than in the past, with more fruit and vegetables. In poor countries can high blood pressure be a result of malnutrition at a young age.

The netherlands

South Korea, the United States, Canada, Peru, and Singapore have the least people with high blood pressure in the world. Within Europe the British are the best. The netherlands is also relatively well before, roughly one in six people here struggling with high blood pressure.

In Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary and Slovenia are the world’s most men with high blood pressure. High blood pressure in women, especially in Niger, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Somalia found.


The researchers looked at measurements from all the countries in the world. Compared to this, data from 1975 to 2015. In total, the bloeddruktests of more than 19 million people.

High blood pressure is harmful for the heart and brain and organs such as the kidneys. Die every year 7.5 million people have high blood pressure, according to the world health organization of the United Nations.

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