India may lose over seven million of its productive workforce annually from 2009 to 2015 to lifestyle and chronic diseases like strokes, diabetes and cardiac arrest, resulting into a national loss of USD 160 billion during the period, said an Assocham-PwC study.
The country has already suffered a loss of USD 90 billion between 2005 and 2008 on account of loss of lives of people in the age group of 35-60 years to the lifestyle diseases.
At present, 53 per cent of all deaths result from the chronic diseases. This number is likely to go up to 66 per cent by 2020.
The employees resorting to over work "to retain their jobs", transitional phase of the Indian economy and the stressed working environment would all combine to see a quantum leap in the number of those suffering from hypertensions, the paper said.
At present, the number of people suffering from hypertension is estimated at 65 million, it said.