Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2018)
Factors responsible for the health status of elderly people: A case study in Sylhet district
Author(s): Pinto Bushan Datta, Md. Nazrul Islam, Gowranga Kumar Paul
Abstract: The objective of this study is to determine the factors that are responsible for health status of the elderly of Sylhet in Bangladesh. Aged people are selected from five urban and five rural villages in Sylhet division by using Primary sampling unit (PSU) list provided by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). Bivariate analysis and Multinomial logistic regression analysis were used to meet the objective. The analysis reveals that more than half of the respondents (54.44%) are in age group 50-60. Among the respondent, 56.33% are male and the rest are female. About one-third of the respondent (31.0 %) is illiterate. Over half of the aged people (58.79%) are found that they have no work at present. About half of the respondents are reported that their health condition is not quite well and has hypertension problem. The analysis also found that the health condition of aged peoples is significantly associated with sex, breadwinner, smoking status, cardiac disease, hypertension and diabetic. Considering BMI as dependent variable urban area, hypertension and stroke has higher risk of being overweight and male, illiterate has less risk. Aged people with hypertension have 3.95 times more risk of being poor health than those of good health condition aged people without hypertension. Aged people with diabetic have 3.21 times more likely of being moderate health condition and 5.32 times more likely of being poor health than diabetic free aged people. Underweight aged has 1.44 times more likely of being high blood pressure and 8.81 times more likely of being low blood pressure than those of normal blood pressure with normal weight aged. Over weight aged people has 4.80 times more likely of being high blood pressure and 55 percent less likely of being low blood pressure than those of normal blood pressure with normal weight aged.
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