Indian Journal of Public Health

BRIEF RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 258--260

Association of biomass fuel smoke exposure and hypertension among rural women of Bangladesh: A cross-sectional study


Nilima Barman1, M Atiqul Haque2, A K. M. Fazlur Rahman3, M Khalequzzaman2, Saidur R Mashreky4 
1 Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Pathology, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2 Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Informatics, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
3 Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences; Executive Director, Center for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh
4 Professor, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences; Director, Department of Public Health Sciences, Center for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Correspondence Address:
Nilima Barman
Department of Clinical Pathology, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, Shahabagh, Dhaka 1000
Bangladesh

Exposure to biomass fuel smoke has detrimental health effects causing chronic diseases. This study investigated the relationship between biomass fuel smoke exposure and hypertension among the rural Bangladeshi women. A total of 410 women aged 19–60 years were enrolled in this study during April–May 2017 who regularly cooked with biomass fuel in traditional cook stove for the past ≥1 year. Self-reported daily cooking hours and lifetime cooking experience of the participants were recorded, and their blood pressure was measured. Participants' age ≥40 years, parental history of hypertension, body mass index ≥25 kg/m2, and cumulative exposure to biomass smoke were found to be the significant risk factors of hypertension. Every 1 year increase in cumulative exposure to biomass smoke eventually exacerbated the risk of hypertension by 61% (adjusted odds ratio 1.61, 95% confidence interval: 1.16–2.22; P < 0.01). This study provides evidence that long-term exposure to biomass fuel smoke is associated with hypertension.


How to cite this article:
Barman N, Haque M A, Rahman A K, Khalequzzaman M, Mashreky SR. Association of biomass fuel smoke exposure and hypertension among rural women of Bangladesh: A cross-sectional study.Indian J Public Health 2019;63:258-260


How to cite this URL:
Barman N, Haque M A, Rahman A K, Khalequzzaman M, Mashreky SR. Association of biomass fuel smoke exposure and hypertension among rural women of Bangladesh: A cross-sectional study. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Nov 26 ];63:258-260
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