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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 199-203

A study on risk factors for lifestyle diseases among patients attending fixed mobile clinic in a rural block in Tamil Nadu


1 Department of Community Medicine, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Kattankulathur, Chennai, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, SRM Medical College, SRM University, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
M Logaraj
Department of Community Medicine, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Kattankulathur, Chennai - 603 203, Tami Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.138608

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Background: Chronic diseases are becoming major health problems in India including the rural population. Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are increasingly becoming a disease of poor and younger segments of the population. Methods: A cross sectional study was carried out among 2112 participants through our fixed mobile clinic among 30 villages to assess the risk factors for lifestyle diseases in a rural block in Tamil Nadu. Results: The proportion of study population smoking and being alcoholic was 5.7% each. More men (15.2%) smoked as compared to women (0.9%). More than half of the study population was overweight. About 19.3% had a systolic blood pressure of more than 140 mm hg and 14.8% had diastolic blood pressure of more than 90 mm hg. On an average, fruits were consumed on 2.92 days/week. Conclusion: Sound community based comprehensive behavioral and life style intervention approach should be established to reduce the modifiable risk factors of CVD.


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