Sociodemographic differentials of selected noncommunicable diseases risk factors among adults in Matlab, Bangladesh: findings from a WHO STEPS survey

Asia Pac J Public Health. 2011 Apr;23(2):183-91. doi: 10.1177/1010539510392743. Epub 2010 Dec 15.


The study examined noncommunicable diseases risk factors among adults 25 to 64 years old of the Matlab Health and Demographic Surveillance System using World Health Organization STEP-wise methodology. The prevalence of smoking was found to be very high for males (53.9%) and it increased initially with age, whereas smoking was almost nil for females (0.8%). About 30% each of males and females used smokeless tobacco and its consumption increased with age. Consumption of vegetable/fruit is very low in this population (90% below recommended level), whereas one third of males and two thirds of female have low levels of physical activities. The raised blood pressure was more prevalent among females than in males (21.0% vs 12.5%, respectively) and the same was true for being overweight (13.9% vs 10.3%, respectively). Raised blood pressure increased with age but overweight did not vary by age for males, whereas it increased initially for females. Smoking (males) and use of smokeless tobacco decreased with increase in education, but both blood pressure and overweight increased.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Bangladesh / epidemiology
  • Diet*
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Fruit
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity*
  • Overweight / epidemiology*
  • Population Surveillance*
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Population / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sex Distribution
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tobacco, Smokeless
  • Vegetables
  • World Health Organization