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Urban India has a weak heart

Changing lifestyle patterns, coupled with lack of physical exercise has put about 74% of urban Indians at risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases (CVD), a recent study has revealed.

health and fitness Updated: Sep 23, 2012 00:46 IST

Changing lifestyle patterns, coupled with lack of physical exercise has put about 74% of urban Indians at risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases (CVD), a recent study has revealed.



The study


Jointly conducted by Saffola Life and the Indian Public Health Association across 22 cities over the last two years, the study has found out that 72% of women in the 40-44 age-group are at high risk of heart ailments, compared to 57% in the 30-34 age group.



Noted cardiologist Professor Muthuvel Somasundaram, who is one of the members of the research team, said that the reason behind the increase of heart-related risks was lack of physical exercise, improper food practices and smoking.



The study was released ahead of the World Heart Day on September 29.



Who are most prone?


According to Somasundaram, the research has found that 59% of people between the age group of 30-49 years have high risk levels of cholesterol, while an additional 61% in the 30-49 year age group are with dangerously low levels of HDL cholesterol.



“In the 30-34 age group, 96% of those who were taking medication for controlling blood pressure were at high risk of developing CVDs,” said Somasundaram.



Expected death rate


Somasundaram said that the number of cardiovascular disease related deaths was projected to reach 25,84,000 by 2020 from 11,75,000 in 1990, with a majority of them in the 30-44 years age group. The study also said that one in six persons smoked and most of them belonged to the younger age group.



Other shockers

The study also revealed some shocking facts about other ailments such as diabetes. It revealed that Chennai has emerged as the ‘Diabetes Capital’ with 17% of people in the city suffering from the disease, closely followed by Hyderabad and Bangalore with 16% each.