`Lifestyle, diet cause hy­per­ten­sion in poor'

Down to Earth - - EDITOR’S PAGE -

DownToEarth speaks to Amod Ku­mar, spe­cial­ist in com­mu­nity medicine at Delhi's St Stephen's com­mu­nity health cen­tre, on the ris­ing cases of hy­per­ten­sion among poor In­di­ans. Ku­mar blames it on the in­creas­ingly seden­tary lifestyle due to mod­erni­sa­tion. For in­stance, even the poor com­mute by ve­hi­cles which re­duce their phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. They also con­sume oily and high-salt food that are re­spon­si­ble for hy­per­ten­sion.

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