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Prevalence of hypertension and diabetes mellitus at selected urban slums in bangalore: a cross sectional study.

INTRODUCTION: Common NCDs are Cardio vascular diseases, Cancer, Diabetes & COPD. Four common risk factors for NCDs include Tobacco, Unhealthy diet, Physical inactivity & Alcohol. Diabetes is an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and with hypertension and obesity it is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, a leading global cause of death. (1,2,3)

Increasing burden of NCDs in our Country likely to threaten the stretched health services, compounded by the fact that a large number of HTN & DM go undetected. In India, deaths due to NCDs projected to increase to 66% by 2020. High prevalence of Hypertension and Diabetes among the poor, which leads to chronic cardiovascular and nervous system morbidity. Tobacco and Alcohol consumption also are quite high, contributing to cancer cases among them. Access to health care and its affordability is a cause of concern for them. This Survey program to obtain a baseline of the health status of urban poor with focus on Diabetes and Hypertension, was an initiative of MOHFW, GOI.

OBJECTIVES: 1) To estimate the prevalence of Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus among the residents of selected slums of Bangalore. 2) To correlate the association of these morbidities with variables such as overweight/obesity.

MATERIALS & METHODS: Bangalore city slums were identified as one among the 4 city slums in the Country, to conduct the health survey camp on NCDs. This program was launched on October 2nd '10, and was implemented during the months of October 2010-Feb. 2011. Mobile clinics with a trained Doctor and paramedics were organized to conduct the screening procedure in notified slums. It was conducted between Wednesdays-Saturdays from 2-6pm and on Sundays from 10-1pm every week for 10 weeks. Done under the public-private partnership initiative with liaisoning between MOHFW, GOI (Through their Regional Directors) framing the program initiative, the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare Services (Through their Project Directors) and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) (Through their Chief/City/Zonal Health Officers) acting as nodal agencies and Medical colleges in Bangalore city (totally seven in number) implementing the Program. Dept. of Community Medicine, BMCRI, through its personnel at the outreach health center at Bangalore coordinated the implementation of the survey. Slum areas covered by BMCRI were: Sonnenahalli, Austin town, Vannarpet, Annayyappa Garden, Vinayaknagar (Shanthinagar), Parvathipura, Chikkamavalli.

ESTIMATED TARGET POPULATION: Slum population is estimated to constitute about 25% of the total population of a City. Out of this, about 50% population is of 30 years and above age group, and about 50% this age-group population would avail this facility. As per 2001 census, Bangalore population was 57,01,446 and its slum population numbered 4,30,501. As per 2011 census, Bangalore's population is 95,88,910. As per the survey conducted by BBMP during 2008, our Institute was allotted 7 slum areas. Were expected to cover a total of 1,08,131 population in these slums. The beneficiaries being 27,000 in number. The JNC VII classification of hypertension was used in the survey for measurement and classification of hypertension. (4)

Further Clinical Stratification:

1) Accelerated HYPERTENSION >180/>110

2) Isolated Systolic HYPERTENSION >140/<90


ADA guideline for Diabetes:

1) Symptoms of Diabetes+Casual Plasma glucose concentration [greater than or equal to] 200 mg/dl, (Casual--any time of the day without regard to time since last meal),

2) Fasting plasma glucose [greater than or equal to] 126 mg/dl,(Fasting--no calorie intake for at least 8 hrs),

3) 2 hrs plasma glucose during OGTT [greater than or equal to] 200 mg/dl (OGTT according to WHO criteria).

4) HbAlc [greater than or equal to] 6.5%.

Grades of Obesity based on BMI (6)

Grading of Obesity for Asians was used in the current survey. (7)

Waist Circumference: High risk:

* Men >102 cm,

* Women >88 cm.

SURVEY METHODOLOGY: Medical Colleges arranged for the mobile campaign van, where in trained Doctors and Paramedics conducted the survey. Man power for the survey, logistics such as BP apparatus and Computers for data entry were provided by the Medical Colleges. Glucometers, glucose strips, lancets & stationaries were provided by the MOHFW, GOI through their Regional Director's Office located at Koramangala, Bangalore. Daily allowance (As charges for confectionaries) for the Medical college team was provided by the State Directorate, through their funds from NRHM. BBMP had carried out the IEC campaign, before the commencement of the survey.

Link workers from the BBMP Hospitals guided the health teams during their work in the outreach areas, and also mobilized beneficiaries. Logistic support in the form of spirit, cotton and waste disposal was provided by the BBMP. Training to the health team was provided by the City Nodal Officer, BBMP. High BP & Diabetics were duly referred to the nearby Government Hospitals (Victoria, Bowring, K. C. General & Jayanagar General Hospital), with a Referral card. Community Medicine depts. of the identified medical colleges, needs to send weekly reports to the State Surveillance Unit, DH & FWS. Training material developed by the GOI, and printed by the DH & FWS were displayed at all the outreach stations (BBMP Hospitals, Public places, Anganwadi centers & Mobile vans).

RESULTS: Out of a total of ~26,000 people screened in Bangalore during the survey, our Institute had screened 1306 people. Males were 255, females were 1051. Mean age of the study population was 51.88+19 years. Point prevalence of HTN was 39.58%, DM was 18.9%, Over weight/Obesity was 68.3%. HTN correlated with increasing age, higher BMI, h/o tobacco consumption, family h/o Diabetes and family h/o HTN. DM correlated with increasing age, being male sex, higher BMI, family h/o DM and family h/o HTN. As seen, some of the variables correlating with HTN are similar to ones influencing DM occurrence.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Promote evidence based non-pharmacological treatment (DASH diet, Bio-feedback, Yoga/Meditation, Physical activity). Operationalizing prevention aided by counseling protocols. Promotion of cost effective generic drugs. Self-management tools for patient's family members to cope with long term illness. NCD control involves multidisciplinary care approach affecting quality of life. Process of shift in disease pattern from CDs to NCDs is termed Epidemiological transition. Indians experience CVD deaths at least a decade earlier than people from Developed Countries. Demographic & health transitions, gene- environmental interactions and early life influences of fetal malnutrition have implications. Changes in living habits ensure behavioral risk factors are transformed to biological risk factors. For prevention of NCDs, a paradigm shift from treatment of single risk factor to a comprehensive risk factor management approach is required.

In the absence of population based nationally representative surveillance system for CVD, establishing a multi centric system (First component being this baseline cross sectional survey for risk factors) was an initial step. Interventions include primary prevention by focusing on risk prevention/reduction and secondary prevention by early detection with available diagnostic facilities. Continuing surveillance efforts would help develop evidence based cost-effective CVD prevention, detection and management strategies.

DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2015/1457


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Shivaraj B. M [1], Vinay Kiran B. S [2], Ranganath T. S [3]


[1.] Shivaraj B. M.

[2.] Vinay Kiran B. S.

[3.] Ranganath T S.


[1.] Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Kodagu Institute of Medical Sciences, Madikeri, Kodagu District, Karnataka.

[2.] Post Graduate, Department of Physiology, Raja Rajeshwari Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

[3.] Professor & HOD, Department of Community Medicine, Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka.



Dr. Shivaraj B. M, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Kodagu Institute of Medical Sciences, #70, District Hospital Premises, Madikeri, Kodagu District, Karnataka-570201, India.


Date of Submission: 12/07/2015.

Date of Peer Review: 13/07/2015.

Date of Acceptance: 16/07/2015.

Date of Publishing: 17/07/2015.

Category              Blood Pressure

NORMAL                  <120/<80
PRE HYPERTENSION      120-139/80-89
STAGE I               140-159/90-99
STAGE II                >160/>100

Table 2: grades of Obesity based on BMI

BMI GRADING        BMI Kg/[m.sup.2]

UNDERWEIGHT              <18.5
NORMAL                 18.5-24.9
OVERWEIGHT              25-29.9
OBESITY I               30-34.9
OBESITY II              35-39.9
EXTREME OBESITY           >40

Table 3: Grades of Obesity for Asians


<18.5         UNDERWIGHT
18.5-23      NORMAL WEIGHT
23-27.5        PRE-OBESE
27.5             OBESE

Table 4: Prevalence of Hypertension


FAMILY H/O HTN                   21
FAMILY H/O DM                    39
H/O TOBACCO USE                  90

Table 5: Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus


FAMILY H/O HTN             23
FAMILY H/O DM              12
H/O TOBACCO USE            46

Table 6: Prevalence of combined DM and Hypertension


Table 7: correlation between BMI and HYPERTENSION

BMI                         HYPERTENSION   TOTAL

                            YES     NO

>23 kg/[m.sup.2]    YES     396     496     892
<23 kg/[m.sup.2]     NO     121     393     514
TOTAL                       417     889     1306

Chi square=27.20, p=0.000, CL=1.50-2.48, odds ratio=1.93

Table 8: correlation between BMI and DM

BMI                               DM         TOTAL

                            YES       NO

>23 kg/[m.sup.2]    YES     207      685      892
<23 kg/[m.sup.2]     NO      40      374      414
TOTAL                       247      1059     1306

Chi square=33.825, p=0.000, CL=1.96-4.05, odds ratio=2.825

Table 9: Correlation between BMI and DM and Hypertension

BMI                         DM +HYPERTENSION   TOTAL

                             YES       NO

>23 kg/[m.sup.2]    YES      135       757      892
<23 kg/[m.sup.2]     NO      22        392      414
TOTAL                        157      1149     1306

Chi square=25.784, p=0.000, CL=1.99-5.068, odds ratio=3.178
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