25% of Indian youth see heart disease risk in old age: Survey

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

New Delhi: One out of every four Indian
youth surveyed fears having heart disease in their old age,
while a few dreads having diabetes and cancer, says a report.

"...youth in India between the age group of 18-24 years
fear heart diseases most in old age (25 per cent) followed by
diabetes (24 per cent) and cancer (16 per cent)," according to
the survey titled `Ageing` released by Max Bupa Health
Insurance.

The survey was conducted on 12,262 adults across 12
countries, including India, Germany, the UK, the US, France
and Mexico, on their attitudes and perceptions of ageing.

The survey found that in other countries, cancer and
dementia generate the greatest levels of public anxiety (34
per cent and 23 per cent of respondents respectively).

The survey found that India is most upbeat about ageing
with 53 per cent of respondents saying they take ageing in
their stride. However, respondents in countries like Russia,
Italy and Spain worried the most about old age.

"The positive attitude of Indians towards ageing is
something to celebrate, but ageing without adequate provision
is a serious concern given the rising medical costs in the
country," Max Bupa Health Insurance CEO Damien Marmion said.

The report reveals that people across the globe continue
to feel `young at heart` even when they are in their 70s and
80s.

The greatest reliance on support from the family was
observed in the three middle-income economies (Brazil, India
and Mexico) and the three European countries (Italy, Spain and
France), the survey said.

PTI