Prevalence and predictors of uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes, and obesity among adults with HIV in northern Tanzania.

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HIV is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but there has been less study of cardiovascular comorbidities among people with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. In a cross-sectional observational study, Tanzanian adults presenting for outpatient HIV care completed a questionnaire and underwent weight, height, blood pressure, and blood glucose measurement. Hypertension was defined by blood pressure ≥140/90 mmHg or self-reported hypertension. Uncontrolled hypertension was defined as measured blood pressure ≥140/90 mmHg. Diabetes was defined by fasting glucose ≥126 mg/dl, random glucose ≥200 mg/dl, or self-reported diabetes. Obesity was defined by body mass index ≥30 kg/m2. Multivariate logistic regression was performed to identify predictors of uncontrolled hypertension. Among 500 participants, 173 (34.6%) had hypertension, 21 (4.2%) had diabetes, and 99 (19.8%) were obese. Of those with hypertension, 116 (67.1%) were unaware of their hypertension, and 155 (89.6%) had uncontrolled hypertension. In multivariate analysis, uncontrolled hypertension was associated with older age (OR 1.07, 95% CI: 1.05-1.10, p < 0.001) and higher body mass index (OR 1.17, 95% CI: 1.11-1.22, p < 0.001). Interventions are needed to improve screening and treatment for hypertension, diabetes, and obesity among Tanzanians with HIV.

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Cited Authors

  • Hertz, JT; Prattipati, S; Kweka, GL; Mlangi, JJ; Tarimo, TG; Mmbaga, BT; Thielman, NM; Sakita, FM; Rubach, MP; Bloomfield, GS; Manavalan, P

Published Date

  • March 13, 2022

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 13

PubMed ID

  • 35282776

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1744-1706

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/17441692.2022.2049344


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England