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Differential Influence of Age on Body Mass Index and Blood Pressure in Healthy Male and Female Subjects

*, Subbalakshmi NK and *, Suman VB and Pai, Sheila R (2014) Differential Influence of Age on Body Mass Index and Blood Pressure in Healthy Male and Female Subjects. International Journal of Health Sciences & Research, 4 (7). pp. 128-131. ISSN 2249-9571

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Abstract

Introduction: There are conflicting reports on influence of ageing and gender on body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure (BP) in different population. This study evaluated the influence of ageing on these parameters in healthy subjects. Materials and Methods: BP, heart rate and BMI was measured in 140 apparently healthy subjects. They were divided into four groups. Group A: males ≤ 50 years of age; Group B: males above 50 years; Group C= females ≤ 50 years; Group D= females above 50 years. Data was analysed using unpaired t test and Mann-Whitney ‘U’ test. Result: BMI of group B was significantly lower compared to group A (p = 0.004). Diastolic blood pressure was significantly higher in group D compared to group C (p = 0.016). Heart rate was significantly lower in group D compared to group C (p= 0.03) Conclusion: There is differential influence of ageing in males and females on body mass index and diastolic blood pressure.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender difference, ageing, body mass index, diastolic blood pressure
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Physiology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2014 10:29
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2014 10:29
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/140297

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