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Hypertension is threat to human life.

QUETTA -- A reputed psychiatrist Dr. Darya Khan Leghari has said here that hypertension is one of the leading psychiatric and completely depressive illnesses that poses serious threats to human life.

Hypertension is a silent killer that prevails among the people because of guilt of the past, anxiousness about the present and a bleak vision about future, noted psychiatrist of Sir C.J. Institute of Psychiatry Hyderabad, Dr. Darya said.

He said that hypertension and depression, which is commonly named as "high blood pressure" is a medical condition where the blood pressure is chronically elevated. While it is formally called arterial hypertension, the word "hypertension" without a qualifier usually refers to arterial hypertension, he added.

Dr. Leghari informed that hypertension is a disease which is a source of heart attack or stroke with highest risk as compared to other diseases. Persistent hypertension is one of the risk factors for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure and arterial aneurysm and also a leading source of chronic renal failure.

About the classification of hypertension, he said that it is classified as either essential or secondary.

Dr. Darya said essential hypertension is a term used when no specific medical cause can be found to explain a patient's condition. He added that the secondary hypertension means that the high blood pressure is a result of other clinical problems such as kidney disease or certain tumours.

In order to avert hypertension, Dr. Khan said that reduction in weight, daily brisk walk of at least two kilometres and avoidance of taking common salt is necessary for any person.

US study questions fruit sugar role in hypertension: Sweet drinks have been linked to a slightly higher risk of developing high blood pressure, but a US study finds that fruit sugar may not be the culprit as found in earlier research.

Researchers followed more than 200,000 men and women for up to 38 years and found that regularly consuming sweetened drinks, either containing sugars or artificially sweetened, was associated with a rise of about 13 percent in the risk of developing high blood pressure.

Carbonated and cola drinks were most strongly linked to a risk for hypertension, but fruit sugar, or fructose, in drinks did not stand out as a driving factor, the group reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

"We don't know what causes the increased risk in artificial-or sugar-sweetened beverages," said Lisa Cohen, lead author of the study and a researcher at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

"It's hard to say that from the fructose itself you're increasing your hypertension risk."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week proposed a ban on large-size sugary sodas, the latest in a string of public health initiatives that include a campaign to cut salt in restaurant meals and packaged foods.

Earlier studies had implicated fructose as a factor related to a risk of high blood pressure, but Cohen noted that those have only taken a snapshot in time and could not determine which came first, the high blood pressure or taste for sweet drinks.

Cohen and her colleagues looked at data from three massive studies, including nearly 224,000 healthcare workers, whose diet and health were tracked for 16 to 38 years. No participants had diagnosed high blood pressure at the start of the study.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 19, 2013
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