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Leaders must champion healthy lifestyle

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2018   /  01:05 am

The global Sustainable Development Goals highlight the importance of curbing high rates of hypertension to achieve the target of a one-third reduction in deaths from non-communicable diseases by 2030. Meanwhile, a study from the American Heart Association in 2016 showed that over the past decade, the number of people suffering from hypertension has decreased in higher-income countries, yet increased in lower-income countries.

According to the World Health Organization last year’s report, in Indonesia — which has experienced rapid economic growth followed by epidemiological transition over the past few decades — around 36 percent of deaths are attributable to hypertension, such as stroke, ischemic heart disease and hypertensive heart disease. Epidemiological transition refers to a period of sudden and stark increase in population growth brought by improved food security and ...