Home 2016 - Volume 16 (3) CORRELATION BETWEEN PREHYPERTENSION AND OBESITY INDICES AMONG YOUNG ADULTS
CORRELATION BETWEEN PREHYPERTENSION AND OBESITY INDICES AMONG YOUNG ADULTS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 09:42

Siti Hasnah Nasarudin1 , Norfazilah Ahmad1,

1Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ABSTRACT

Prehypertension is a new classification for blood pressure level. It is defined as not being on hypertensive medication and having systolic pressure of 120-139 mmHg and/or diastolic pressure 80-89 mmHg. Prehypertension increased the risk of morbidity and mortality from non-communicable diseases. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of blood pressure status among the young adult population and its associated the risk factors. A cross-sectional study was conducted between January until December 2012, among young adults aged 18 to 40 years old from four villages in Hulu Langat district, Selangor. This study involved 535 individuals with 247 males and 288 females. From the study, 49.5% was found to have prehypertension. Body mass index was a significant risk factor (adjusted odds ratio (OR) 1.06, 95%CI 1.02, 1.11). Sex difference in correlate of various obesity indices indicated that there was weak but significant correlation between BMI and diastolic blood pressure among male. There is need to design more preventive programs that target young adults as focus subject in order to prevent its progression from prehypertension to clinical hypertension thus halt premature clinical cardiovascular diseases development.

 

Keyword: prehypertension, young adult, obesity, BMI, waist circumference, weight to height ratio.

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