Experts at a programme on Sunday said the risk of death from various non-communicable diseases, including hypertensive heart disease, is increasing in Bangladesh due to lack of healthy dietary habits.
Healthy dietary habit and physical activity can reduce the risk of hypertension and other related non-communicable diseases, they added.
They also informed that one in every five adults in Bangladesh suffers from hypertension, which is very alarming.
There is no alternative to ensuring the availability of medicines at the community clinic level to combat the prevalence of hypertension across the country and the necessary budget allocation also must be ensured in this regard, said the speakers.
Prof Dr Md Abdul Alim, member (Food Industry & Production) at Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, said, “Foods containing excessive amount of trans fats increase the risk of hypertension. The trans fat regulation passed by the government will be implemented within the stipulated time.”
Dr Tahmina Sultana, director of Primary Health Care (PHC) and Integrated Thana Health Complex (ITHC) at the Director General of Health Services (DGHS), said hypertension treatment is being provided in some community clinics, which will be gradually spread across the country.
Shamsun Naher Nahid Mohua, Head of Nutrition at the Department of Diet and Nutrition of BIRDEM General Hospital, said that the risks of hypertension and heart disease can be reduced by avoiding foods containing excessive saturated fat, trans fat and salt.