70% in city prone to cardiovascular disease: Study

Stresses of a fast-paced life coupled with unhealthy eating habits have made the productive working age group of Mumbai susceptible to heart ailments,reveals a study conducted in Mumbai and 11 other cities over two years.

Written by Express News Service | Published:September 22, 2012 3:02 am

Stresses of a fast-paced life coupled with unhealthy eating habits have made the productive working age group of Mumbai susceptible to heart ailments,reveals a study conducted in Mumbai and 11 other cities over two years.

The study by Saffolalife,a not-for-profit initiative of Marico,tested 1.12 lakh persons in the age group of 30-100 years in major cities including Mumbai,New Delhi,Chennai,Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

The study by Saffolalife— started some 14 years ago— aims at identifying increasing cases of heart disease in India and comes as a wake-up call for the productive working age group (30-44 yrs).

It was found that 70 per cent of the 21,400 surveyed in Mumbai faced a risk of cardiovasular diseases (CVD).

The study also showed that at least 51 per cent of Mumbaikars surveyed consumed less than one serving of vegetables and salad per day.

“Cardiovascular deaths are projected to rise to 25,84,000 (almost 120 per cent) in 2020 from 11,75,000 in 1990,and Indians need to start caring for their heart at an early age since majority of these deaths could be from the productive working age group of 30 to 44 years,” said Dr Akshay Mehta,interventional cardiologist at Asian Heart Institute.

Nationally,75 per cent of the of males between 30-34,were at a greater risk of CVD compared with 57 per cent of females in the same age group.

“With the younger population,especially the male working force falling prey to CVDs,their productivity comes down in a big way and adversely affects the country’s growth,” Mehta said.

Almost 83 per cent of participants in Ahmedabad had extremely low levels of ‘good’ cholesterol or High Density Lipoprotien,whereas New Delhi emerged the fried food capital with 14 per cent of participants admitting to enjoying fried foods more than four times a week.

Chennai was the diabetes capital with 17 per cent of those surveyed suffering from it. “Changing lifestyles and dependence on junk food and a menu devoid of fruits and whole grains make the youth even more susceptible to heart issues at a young age,” said nutritionist Salome Benjamin.

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