Year : 2006 | Volume
: 13 | Issue : 3 | Page : 103--107
The effect of age, obesity and parity on blood pressure and hypertension in non-pregnant married women
Mohammed E.M. Khalid
Department of Physiology College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
Objective : To assess the effect of age, body mass index (BMI) and parity on systolic and diastolic blood pressures (BPs) and hypertension.
Subjects and Methods : A cross-sectional prospective study of 441 non-pregnant married women ranging in age from 15-60 years. For each woman selected, a detailed questionnaire dealing with sociodemographic profile including reproductive data was completed. Systolic and 5 th phase diastolic BPs were measured using a standard mercury sphygmomanometer. Body weight and height were measured using an Avery Beam weighing scale and a stadiometer respectively.
Results : In this study sample, the overall prevalence of hypertension was 4.3%. Statistical analysis showed that age and BMI were positively and significantly associated with BPs (p<0.0001 for systolic BP & <0.002 for diastolic BP and p<0.0001 for systolic BP & <0.005 for diastolic BP respectively) and positively and significantly (p<0.0001 & <0.003 respectively) associated with an increase in the risk of hypertension (Odds ratio, 95% confidence interval: 1.53 (1.1-1.2) and 1.11 (1.04-1.19) respectively) while parity was negatively and insignificantly associated with BPs (p<0.4 and <0.1 for systolic and diastolic BPs respectively) and negatively and insignificantly (P<0.1) associated with an increase in the risk of hypertension (Odds ratio, 95% confidence interval: 0.87 (0.74-1.03).
Conclusion : Age and BMI were significant contributors to BPs and hypertension rather than parity. The negative association between parity and hypertension, although insignificant, implies that nulliparity rather than multiparity imposed an important effect on hypertension.
Mohammed E.M. Khalid
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, P.O. Box 641, Abha
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Khalid ME. The effect of age, obesity and parity on blood pressure and hypertension in non-pregnant married women.J Fam Community Med 2006;13:103-107
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Khalid ME. The effect of age, obesity and parity on blood pressure and hypertension in non-pregnant married women. J Fam Community Med [serial online] 2006 [cited 2020 Feb 16 ];13:103-107
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