Qatar Biobank study shows high risk of cardiovascular diseases among population
Findings from the pilot phase of a Qatar Biobank study has shown that more than 70% of the participants are at the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
According to a report in Gulf Times, for the study a total of 1,200 samples were collected from 2006 individuals (comprising 1,500 Qataris and 506 expatriates) who have lived in Qatar for more than 15 years.
Some of the other results announced include:
- 73% of the sample population were categorised as overweight and obese, while 37% of the population as obese.
- 37% of the participants have borderline or high levels of total cholesterol.
- 52.7% of male and 31.7% of female participants were categorised as hypertensive.
- 80% of the sample population reported a sedentary lifestyle, with no level of moderate physical activity per week.
- 69.8% of male and 68.3% of female participants recorded below average vitamin D levels, while 12.5% of male and 16.5% of female participants suffer from severe vitamin D deficiency.
Qatar Biobank is a member of Qatar Foundation, working in partnership with the Supreme Council of Health, Hamad Medical Corporation and scientists from Imperial College London, to enable medical research on health issues that prevail in Qatar.