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Hypertension affects many youngsters nowadays. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN

High blood pressure is a silent killer affecting millions worldwide, and contrary to popular opinion of it being a condition for the elderly, hypertension is being reported to a great extent in youngsters. Here’s a health opinion piece on how to avoid hypertension.


“It is crucial to understand the primary causes of BP, which can be hereditary or non-hereditary/secondary causes. In case it’s genetic, it generally manifests between 40 and 60 years of age. In non-hereditary cases, which is majorly lifestyle-related, it usually arises between 25- 40 years of age, which is the major chunk of patients that we encounter on a day to day basis,” Dr Suranjeet Chatterjee, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi told IANSlife.

Blame it on the poor lifestyle characterized by sedentary jobs, lack of physical activities and unhealthy eating and daily practices, youngsters’ bodies are stressed like never before. Additionally, cut-throat competition at workplace leading to intense pressure and stress is a major contributor to hypertension in youth.

As per Dr Chatterjee, an unhealthy lifestyle leads to obesity, which triggers sleep-related problems-mainly sleep apnea. The sleep disorder causes inappropriate secretion of cortisol which in turn leads to hypertension.

“High blood pressure hits Indians at a younger age as compared to people in the west, leading to heart ailments, strokes and other co-morbidities in the later ages. The reason is that – irrespective of the work and societal pressures as well as sedentary lifestyles – preventive health check-ups in India is missing. Youngsters consult the doctors when unwell for a prolonged period. It is important to get health checks done at least once a year for people between the age group of 20-35 years,” advises the doctor.


Hypertension can be kept at a check with some simple precautions. Pixabay

Over 50 per cent of Indian population is under the age group of 40, this being the most economically productive group, the nation’s development depends on them, their health and meaningful contributions to Quick tips to ensure optimum blood pressure levels:

Exercising regularly

Ensuring low salt intake

Avoid junk and fatty foods

Keeping bodyweight at healthy levels

Abstaining from cigarettes/tobacco/alcohol

Getting proper sleep

Having regular/annual medical check-ups and seeking professional help, when needed

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Hypertension in youngsters is mostly lifestyle-oriented, and following an active and healthy lifestyle is the key to let go of the ailment. (IANS)


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Developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a Decision Support System (DSS) that extends the ability of the existing air quality early warning system (AQEWS) to have decision-making capability for air quality management in Delhi-NCR was launched on Tuesday.

The website for the DSS (https://ews.tropmet.res.in/dss/) is designed to help the Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) by delivering quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from Delhi and its 19 surrounding districts; the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi; and the contribution from biomass-burning activities in the neighbouring states.

These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."

The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.

"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, India, Pollution, IITM, Ministry of Earth Sciences