By Ellen Huber
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Professor Liu Lisheng, president of the World Hypertension League (lamest superheroes ever), addressed one of China’s biggest health concerns on Sunday: one third of Chinese adults present with hypertension and over 330 million Chinese have high blood pressure, Xinhua reports.
In his address, Liu said that for Chinese males ages 25 to 34, the prevalence of hypertension is over 20 percent, according to a report by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While it may be surprisingly to many that China is so plagued by high blood pressure, it must be even more surprising for the many, many Chinese unaware they even have these conditions. 130 million out of the 330 million don’t know they suffer from high blood pressure. Furthermore, Liu warned that 75 percent of Chinese with hypertension fail to receive adequate treatment.
Liu doesn’t only want to raise awareness, but to teach prevention. He says that everyone can alter their lifestyles to fend off high blood pressure by losing weight, quitting smoking, and reducing sodium intake (or, in other words, being boring lame dorks #yolo).
For hypertension patients, however, prevention and treatment make for a more complex situation. Li Yong, a professor from the Shanghai Huashan Hospital, reports that hypertension is usually coupled with another condition like diabetes, making it all the more potentially life threatening.