Blood pressure profile and dietary intake of adults in rural community in rivers state, Nigeria
Wordu GO, Akusu MO
This study assessment the dietary pattern and prevalence of hypertension among adults in Obeama-Asa in (rural community) in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State. Two hundred adult from Obeama–Asa within the age range of 20 to 61 years were randomly selected for the study within the Christian church in the community. Information on the socio-economic characteristics food preference and consumption patterns were obtained from the questionnaire. Anthropometric measurements of height and weight were taken according to standard procedure. Blood pressure were determined using standard methods. Data collected were analyzed with the use of statistical package for social sciences version is using frequency, percentage distribution means of standard deviation. The results showed that sixty-five percent were hypertensive. Anthropometric assessment showed that only 22.0% were of normal body mass index (BMI) the rest was overweight (44.0%) and obese (33.0%). In conclusion, high blood pressure and overweight were prevalent in the rural community.