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Last Updated Tuesday June 27 2017 10:53 PM IST

One-third young Indians suffer from lifestyle diseases: report

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New Delhi: A third of Indians, aged above 30, are victims of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cardiac problems including high cholesterol, blood pressure, thyroid and cancer, a report has revealed.

Lack of sleep, nutrition and exercises are the factors behind it, the GOQii 'India Fit' 2017 report said.

The report is based on data collected from over 1 Lakh GOQii users, both male and female, in the age group of 15 to 65 years from cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune.

Of the 33 percent of the population, close to 9.4 percent are suffering from high cholesterol followed by 7.7 percent suffering from diabetes while 6.76 percent are suffering from thyroid.

Males are mostly victims of diabetes, cholesterol and cardiac related problems while women are victims of low blood pressure, thyroid, bloating and constipation.

It says that people in the age group of 31-60 years are the most stressed people in the country, as per the report.

"Over the years, there has been an increase in the number of chronic diseases due to the disruptive lifestyle changes in the country. Lack of exercise, erratic eating habits, increase in stress levels and poor sleep patterns are just some of the key reasons behind the increase of this epidemic," Wearable Technology provider GOQii CEO and founder Vishal Gondal said.

The study found that lack of proper sleep is a grave concern for 31.3 percent of the population as an average Indian gets to sleep 6.72 hours a day which is less than a healthy average of 7-9 hours daily.

Kolkata is the unhealthiest city with 35.7 percent population suffering from at least one lifestyle diseases with complaints of digestive disorders being in the top of the chart. Cities like Chennai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad have maximum cases of obesity amongst Indians, the report said.

Bengaluru is the new fitness capital of the country where daily average step count of people is 7,915 - higher than average of 7,746 across all cities covered in the study.

Average daily step count has increased in India from 6,800 a year ago but still low compared to 10,000 step daily recommended by the World Health Organization to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Mumbai and Pune are in second and third spots in health consciousness.

The report expressed concern on lack of fibre and noted that 20 percent of people skip their meals regularly.

"Since 44 percent of the population is vegetarian, lack of protein in the diet is also an area of concern. Ahmedabad is increasingly moving towards eating a healthier breakfast," the report said.

Most of the people are consulting doctors in the areas of general medicine which includes digestive disorders such as acidity and constipation, the report said.

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