Hipertensión arterial y obesidad en indígenas asháninkas de la región junín, perú

Translated title of the contribution: High blood pressure and obesity in indigenous ashaninkas of junin region, peru

Candice Romero, Carol Zavaleta, Lilia Cabrera, Robert H. Gilman, J. Jaime Miranda

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Abstract

In order to determine the prevalence of high blood pressure and obesity in indigenous Ashaninkas, with limited contact with Western culture, a cross-sectional study was conducted in 2008 in five Ashaninka communities of the Junin region in the jungle of Peru. Individuals aged 35 or older were included. 76 subjects were evaluated (average age 47.4 years old, 52.6 % women) corresponding to 43.2% of the eligible population. The prevalence of hypertension was 14.5% (CI 95%: 6.4-22.6) and the prevalence of obesity, according to body mass index, was 4% (CI 95%: 0-8.4). No differences were observed in gender or in blood pressure levels by age group. Compared with previous studies in non-indigenous people of the Peruvian jungle, the prevalence of high blood pressure was higher while the prevalence of obesity was lower. Our findings are a call to be aware of the situation of chronic non-communicable diseases in indigenous populations in the Peruvian Amazon.

Translated title of the contributionHigh blood pressure and obesity in indigenous ashaninkas of junin region, peru
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)78-83
Number of pages6
JournalRevista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica
Volume31
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Chronic disease (source: mesh nlm)
  • Health transition
  • Hypertension
  • Indigenous population
  • Nutritional transition
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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