April 29, 2022 13:25
More than 500,000 people were newly diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes in 2020, the first year of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service on Thursday, 10.61 million people visited hospitals with high blood pressure or diabetes in 2020, up 510,000 from the previous year.
The main reasons seem to be that they were cooped up at home and less physically active in lockdown, or failed to seek timely treatment for fear of COVID infection.
The number of hypertensive patients increased by 440,000 to 9.31 million and that of diabetic patients by 220,000 to 3.68 million. The number of patients with both high blood pressure and diabetes reached 2.39 million, up 160,000. The biggest group or 42.4 percent were over 70.
Patients with these chronic diseases are advised to visit the hospital periodically for treatment and tests and take medication since these illnesses can cause complications such as cerebral hemorrhage and heart attack.
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