Author(s): Lohith Rao Jadhav1, K. S. Tejaswini2, Revathi Devi M. L3
AIMS & OBJECTIVE: To evaluate relationship between BMI and Blood Pressure among 1ST Year M.B.B.S. students of Mysore medical college.
METHODOLOGY: A total of 126 students, 79 males and 47 females participated in the study conducted between June and July 2014 at Mysore Medical College. All students were divided into underweight, normal, over weight according to Western Pacific Regional Organization 2000 (WPRO) BMI classification. Hypertension was determined from the measurement of Blood pressure (BP). Comparison of blood pressure among different groups was made by ANOVA.
RESULTS: Their mean age was calculated to be 18.6 years. Among students 23.8% were overweight and 22.2% were underweight while rest had normal BMI.A consistent increase was seen in the prevalence of hypertension in Underweight, Normal, Overweight Mean values of systolic BP (110.9, 114.3, 124.0 mmHg) and diastolic BP (76.2, 74.0, 78.4 mmhg) also increased with increasing BMI.
CONCLUSION: The present study tested the hypothesis that there is a significant correlation between BMI with SBP, MBP & RRP.