The Ministry of Health submitted a study showing that around 39% of Jordanians aged 25 years and above suffer from high blood pressure. Around 18% of the participants in the study were between 25-34 years old while 23.7% were between 45 and 54 years old. Due to this study; Mohammad Tarawneh director of the Health Ministry’s non-communicable diseases department asked for more attention to this disease. He noted “cardiovascular diseases are responsible for 36 per cent of deaths in Jordan“, mentioning that tests for such diseases, which include heart conditions and hypertension must be done regularly.
High levels of blood cholesterol (both HDL and LDL) were found in around 25% of participants. Tarawneh said “Although the survey did not tackle diabetes, prevalence of the disease is 36 per cent among Jordanians aged 25 years and above, citing the latest study conducted by the National Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Genetics”.