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Urban women at ‘higher risk of chronic disease’

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An article from SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English desk highlights findings from a study published in PLOS One by Council researcher Jessie Pinchoff and colleagues Deborah Balk and Carrie Mills of CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. The study used nationally representative datasets and analyses of satellite imagery to examine the relationship between women's chronic disease risk factors and increasing urbanization in Tanzania, finding that more urban environments had populations with higher body mass index and c-reactive protein, potential indicators of chronic disease and worse health outcomes.

“Of interest to policymakers will be our findings that urban women may be worse off on two indicators of chronic disease risk, suggesting further study and perhaps improved public health messaging and health services in urban areas regarding how to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity,” says the study’s lead author Jessie Pinchoff.

Read in SciDev.Net.