Average BP falls globally, shoots up in India

Nearly 139 million Indians were suffering from high blood pressure (BP) at the end of 2008 — 14% of the global burden of uncontrolled hypertension. From 1980-2008, the number of Indians suffering from high BP rose by 87 million, while the percentage of population suffering from the ailment rose from 21% to 26%.

The latest data of the "Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors" study, published in the British medical journal The Lancet on Wednesday, shows that while the average BP of humans declined globally, it actually increased among both men and women in India.

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