World Hypertension Day today

Staff Correspondent

17 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

World Hypertension Day will be observed across the country as elsewhere in the world today.    

Experts said hypertension is a silent killer as it increases risks of heart diseases and stroke.

According to the recently published ‘Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 2017-18’, one in every four adults of Bangladesh is suffering from hypertension.

Healthy diet and healthy lifestyle habits are very important to keep the heart healthy as well as to keep blood pressure in check, said the experts.

They said elimination of toxic trans fat from food stuffs can be a pivotal initiative in order to do that.

On the occasion of the day, advocacy and research organisation PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress) has called for immediate finalisation and implementation of the draft “Regulations on Trans Fatty Acids Control in Foodstuffs, 2021” in order to limit trans fat in food.

World Health Organization (WHO) has set the target to eliminate industrially produced trans fat from the global food supply by 2023 to reduce risks of premature deaths caused by heart diseases.

Bangladesh Food Safety Authority is working to finalise the draft with the aim of building a trans-fat-free Bangladesh.