Every year, 17 May is dedicated to World Hypertension Day (WHD). However, as a result of the rapidly growing burden of disease associated with the global increase in hypertension, the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and the World Hypertension League (WHL) has designated the entire month of May as May Measurement Month (MMM).
In recognition of the importance of Nutrition in Fight Against Hypertension, IAPEN is promoting the activities of International Society of Hypertension since 2016. A core group was established in Pune under the leadership of Dr. Mansi Patil in the year 2016.
Dr. Mansi Patil is a practicing clinical nutritionist with a focus on Cardio-metabolic syndrome. She is currently working in Asha Kiran Jubilee Hope Centre Hospital, Chinchwad, Pune. Dr. Mansi Patil joined IAPEN in the year 2012 and is actively participating in various activities for promotion of Public Health and Nutrition. Dr. Mansi Patil has done Master Degree in Dietetics from Pune University and PhD from University of Technology & Management in the area of Hypertension. She has taken Membership of International Society of Hypertension in the year 2014 and is actively involved in various national and international activities of the Society. During her PhD, she recognized the importance and need for hypertension profiling of population at each level of health-care interaction. With this aim, She is actively involved in conducting educational programs for medical and para-medical professionals. She is a Visiting Faculty for Master’s programs on Public Health Nutrition offered by the Maharashtra University of Medical Sciences (Pune Centre, India). She is a trained UNICEF Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre expert and is a ToT (Trainer-of-Trainers) consultant for the Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCF) program. She has participated and presented her most recent research at the 1st Asia Pacific Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome conference held at Seoul, South Korea in 2018. Her work is focused on the Preventive aspect of Cardio-metabolic syndrome and its epidemiology especially related to hypertension and its dietary, lifestyle and behavioural risk factors. She is a practitioner of yoga and also a prolific writer for newspapers and an active advocate for promoting healthy lifestyles. Dr Mansi Patil has also published 4 research papers in refereed journals. She has been under the ISH Mentorship program since 2017 with Dr. Gavin Lambert. She has also been included under the “Women in Hypertension Spotlight” by ISH for her work in Hypertension. She has successfully lead the Pune (India) campaign of the May Measurement Month for 2017 and 2018. She is also an International Member of American Society of Preventive Cardiology since 2018.
The first association with The International Society of Hypertension dates back from 2016 in South Korea. Dr. Mansi Patil has presented a paper titled "To Assess the Association of Anthropometric indices with Hypertension, Vishal Patil, Mansi Patil, Manoj Durairaj, Asha Kiran Jubilee Hope Centre Hospital, Pune, India." in the Hypertension Seoul 2016 meeting.
The burden of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD's) is increasing multi-fold in developing countries. NCD's have multi-faceted etiology and it is important to eveluate the relationship of different risk factors with these lifestyle disorders. Hypertention contribtues to 31% of the total global mortalities of which 1/4th is contributed from low and middle income countries. Anthropometric indices (Body Mass Index (BMI), Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR) and Waist Circumference (WC) are strong indicators of abdominal obesity which is an important risk factor of NCD's. A cross-sectional study was carried out on 500 known hypertensive patients and 500 non-hypertensive patients in Pune District of Maharashtra, India to access the association of anthropometric indeces with hypertension. The results indicated that BMI and WHR were found to be strong indicators of abdominal obesity with high BMI resulted in higher prevalence of Hypertension.
May Measurement Month (MMM) is a global awareness campaign initiated by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), which represents the world’s leading scientists, clinicians, health care providers and allied health care workers, all with a common interest in hypertension (high blood pressure) research. Launched in May 2017, MMM put the spotlight on increasing access to blood pressure screening as potentially the most effective way to reduce hypertension’s adverse toll on health. Dr. Mansi Patil formed a team of volunteers to promote awareness about hypertension in Pune. About 10,000 individuals were assessed for hypertension with the help of 300 volunteers in the month of May 2017.
IAPEN Pune Chapter has successfully conducted the May Measurement Month with the help of 300 volunteers