Kochi: A study on the cholesterol levels in the residents in the Kochi has shown that around 40 per cent of the city residents have excess cholesterol in their body. This points to a grave situation as four out of ten persons in Kochi are under this health condition, according to Metropolis Health Care, which conducted the study.
The findings are based on tests conducted on 1,23,867 blood samples collected from Kochi. The subjects were aged between 20 and 80 years, said Dr Nilesh Shah, president of Metropolis Health Care.
The study report was released in connection with the World Heart Day observation on September 29.
Blood contains two types of cholesterol – HDL and LDL. While HDL is termed ‘good’ cholesterol, LDL is called ‘bad’ cholesterol.
In Kochi, only 10 per cent of the samples showed normal readings of HDL. Experts say that this is a major cause for concern. A low HDL level is a dangerous condition even if the total cholesterol level is normal, they add.
The situation calls for urgent changes in lifestyle, say the experts. Lack of exercise, consuming food deficient in nutrients, mental tension, smoking and excess intake of alcohol are the causes of high cholesterol levels.
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