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Indians healthiest among world!

A survey conducted in 47 countries says 22 per cent of Indians have not suffered from any of 14 commonly occurring ailments for a period of one month.

delhi Updated: Sep 21, 2007 20:11 IST

If Indian youths are the happiest in the world, Indians are the healthiest.

A recent online survey conducted in 47 countries by AC Nielsen says 22 per cent of Indians, the largest from a country, have not suffered any of the 14 commonly occurring ailments like headache, cold and an upset stomach for a period of one month.

The data does not mean that Indians are totally fit as 36 per cent of them suffer from headache, the most common ailment.

Cold and upset stomach came second and third respectively with 27 per cent and 25 per cent respondents saying they suffered from it during the one month period.

"Changing lifestyles and hectic work schedule leads to irregular eating patterns and this might be a reason for increasing indigestion amongst Indians," said Seetha Sethuraman, Associate Director of Nielsen Company.

The statistics were arrived at by a global online poll conducted in which 26,486 people from 47 countries in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East participated in April this year. Neilsen has not provided the specific number of votes polled by Indians.

Cough, back problems, sore throat, insomnia, toothache and heartburn were amongst other common ailments that Indians suffer from, the survey said.

It also said "37 per cent of respondents in India use medicine readily available at home while 34 per cent visit a doctor."

Home remedies continue to remain a hit with Indians even now with 29 per cent of them relying on them.