Blood pressure studies in two Pacific populations with varying degrees of modernisation

P. Zimmet, L. Jackson, S. Whitehouse

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The prevalence of hypertension and the change in blood pressure with age were investigated in a Polynesian population (Tuvalu), and in a Micronesian population (Nauru) in the South Pacific region. Hypertension was present in 27.2% of the Nauruans and 11.1% of the Tuvaluans. Both population groups also showed a rise in mean blood pressure with increasing age - a phenomenon apparently absent in traditional-living populations of the world but present in western societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-252
Number of pages4
JournalNew Zealand Medical Journal
Issue number657
Publication statusPublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

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