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Number Of People Living With High Blood Pressure Worldwide Nearly Doubled Since 1975 To 1.13B, Large Study Shows

CNN: More than 1 billion people globally are living with high blood pressure
“In 2015, there were 1.13 billion people living with high blood pressure worldwide, with the majority of them in low- and middle-income countries. The findings come from a new study published Tuesday in The Lancet, which found that the number of people affected by high blood pressure has almost doubled over the past 40 years…” (11/15).

Reuters: Huge study finds a billion people suffer from high blood pressure
“…In the largest study of its kind analyzing blood pressure in every nation between 1975 and 2015, the scientists said that it has dropped sharply in wealthy countries — possibly due to healthier diets and lifestyles — but risen in poorer ones. The increases are especially significant in Africa and South Asia, the researchers said, and could be partly due to poor nutrition in childhood…” (Kelland, 11/15).

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