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Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2017; 5(4): 697-702          |                 Available online, December 31, 2017

Lifestyle Determinants of Hypertension among Female School Teachers

Sarah Jane Monica*1, Sheila John1 and Madhanagopal R2


1Department of Home Science, Women’s Christian College, Chennai: 600 006, Tamilnadu, India.

2Department of Statistics, Madras Christian College, Chennai: 600 059, Tamilnadu, India.

*Corresponding author : Sarah Jane Monica, Ph.D Research Scholar, Department of Home Science, 

Women’s Christian College, Chennai: 600 006, Tamilnadu, India

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Received: 12.08.2017    |     Accepted: 15.12.2017    |      Published : 31.12.2017

Hypertension is a major component of metabolic syndrome, coronary artery diseases and cerebrovascular diseases. Factors contributing to this rising trend in hypertension include urbanization along with changes in dietary habits and lack of physical activity. Working woman always bears a dual role responsibility one in family and the other at job. Teachers represent one of the most important, largest and productive sectors delivering cognitive knowledge to students. The objective of the present study was to determine the risk of hypertension among female school teachers and various lifestyle determinants contributing to it. The study was conducted in Chennai city on 200 female school teachers. Anthropometric indices such as height, body weight, body fat percent and waist circumference were measured. BMI was calculated and blood pressure was recorded. Statistical significance was accepted at (p<0.05). The prevalence rate of pre-hypertension and hypertension was found to be 20% and 12% respectively. Age, waist circumference, body fat percent and personal history of diabetes was significantly associated with hypertension (p<0.05).  Health based strategies focusing on appropriate preventive measures for early diagnosis and treatment should be included for school teachers as it helps to improve their overall health.

Keywords:  Teachers, hypertension, risk factors, health strategies.


Editor: Dr.Arvind Chavhan


Cite this article as:

Sarah Jane Monica, Sheila John and Madhanagopal R (2017) Lifestyle Determinants of Hypertension among Female School Teachers; International J. of Life Sciences, 5 (4): 697-702.



Conflicts of interest: The authors stated that no conflicts of interest.



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