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Hypertension, diabetes haunt bus drivers

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  12:21 am

The Jakarta Health Agency has found that high-blood pressure and diabetes are common medical problems among bus drivers as a result of stress triggered by traffic, insufficient sleep and bad eating habits.

“Hypertension indicates a possible clog in one’s artery that could put a person at risk of a sudden stroke. Diabetes, meanwhile, indicates an abnormality in one’s metabolism; the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, which can make the person feel sleepy all the time,” agency head Koesmedi Priharto told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

“Many drivers also like to consume energy drinks that contain a lot of sugar. Not only do these drinks increase their blood sugar levels, but they can also damage their kidneys,” he added.

To ensure that bus drivers will be healthy enough to transport travelers this Idul Fitri, the agency is joining hands with the National Narco...