33 percent Indians over 30-years-old are victims of lifestyle diseases, says report

While men were found to be victims of diabetes, cholesterol and cardiac related problems, women were found to have issues related to low BP and thyroid.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Apr 14, 2017, 00:06 AM IST
33 percent Indians over 30-years-old are victims of lifestyle diseases, says report
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New Delhi: Your lifestyle choices can make or break your health. A life of convenience is undoubtedly a trigger for an unhealthy lifestyle, which unfortunately, is the kinds many people across the world are leading at present.

Most people now relate to an almost-sedentary lifestyle that we let dictate us into gaining weight, which in turn triggers numerous health issues like diabetes, heart ailments, high cholesterol, blood pressure, thyroid, cancer, etc.

Unfortunately, for Indians, this situation has become grave since a report revealed that one in three or 33 percent Indians over 30 years of age are suffering from one or more lifestyle diseases like the ones mentioned above.

GOQii – a California-based virtual fitness coaching platform – in its 'GOQii India Fit' 2017 report showed that nearly 9.4 percent people are suffering from high cholesterol followed by 7.7 percent suffering from diabetes and 6.76 percent suffering from thyroid.

"Over the years, there has been an increase in the number of chronic diseases due to the disruptive lifestyle changes in the country. Lack of exercise, erratic eating habits, increase in stress levels and poor sleep patterns are just some of the key reasons behind the increase of this epidemic," Vishal Gondal, CEO and Founder of GOQii said in a statement on Thursday.

While men were found to be victims of diabetes, cholesterol and cardiac related problems, women were found to have issues related to low BP and thyroid.

Further, an average Indian was found to sleep for 6.72 hours every day which is less than a healthy average of 7-9 hours daily.

Lack of proper sleep is a grave concern for 31.3 percent population. This coupled with the lack of exercise and increase in stress is adding to the cause of falling health levels of Indians, the report said.

The report was based on a survey of over one lakh individuals across the country.

(With IANS inputs)