Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston recently conducted a study which showed an increase in the prevalence of hypertension in older Mexican-Americans living in the Southwest region (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado) of the United States. It is believed the increase is due, in part, to the increase of diabetes and obesity in the population. While awareness of hypertension was greater at the end of the study, the likelihood of study participants being hypertensive was also greater. According to Kyriakos S. Markides, co-author and principal investigator of the study, “More effort should be targeted to reverse trends of both obesity and diabetes as potential causes of hypertension.”
The results of the study, which included almost 4,000 participants and was conducted between 1993 and 2005 , can be seen in the January issue of Annals of Epidemiology.