46% of Africans suffer high blood pressure, says WHO

High Blood Pressure

An estimated 46% of Africans suffer high blood pressure – the highest worldwide, according to a new a World Health Organization (WHO) survey.

The WHO survey of 33 countries shows that most adults in Africa have unhealthy habits.

Report author Abdikamal Alisalad attributed this to urbanisation and growing incomes.

However, he added that he was still shocked by the finding.

In half of the African countries surveyed in the report, a quarter of adults had at least three risk factors, increasing the probability that they will get one or more of heart disease, cancer or diabetes sometime in their lives.

The WHO report shows that African women above 45 are at a higher risk of getting these diseases.

WHO says the trend is worrisome as the condition is a silent killer, often discovered when it’s too late.

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