China responding to high blood pressure increase

A man having his blood pressure checked by a nurse

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In the last 10 years the proportion of people with high blood pressure in China has almost doubled - from 10% to over 18% of the population.

A key contributing factor is unhealthy lifestyles, so the government has gone on the offensive by organising community education campaigns on healthy living.

Banks are also taking part by making it possible for people to check their blood pressure at the same time as checking their bank balance.

The Health Show is broadcast on BBC World News on Saturdays at 1010 and 2010 GMT and on Sundays at 0710 and 2310 GMT. The programme is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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