Cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes are on the rise in India, the report warns
While alcohol use and thyroid problems among Indians appear to have declined over the past year, a new health report described spikes in blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, although fitness and health became a nationwide area of interest during the Covid -19 lockdown.
According to the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Score, every second Indian belongs to either the “High Risk” or “Borderline” category. This is a massive 12 percent improvement over the previous year when 62 percent of Indians fell into the “unhealthy” category.
According to GOQii’s latest India Fit Report 2021, the majority of people can get well with just a few lifestyle adjustments. The reduction in commute times and lockdown likely allowed Indians to focus more on their health and boost their immune systems. From a gender perspective, men are healthier compared to women. From an age-related perspective, the younger generation is unhealthy compared to the older generation.
About 15 percent of users reported high blood pressure in 2020, compared to 13.4 percent in 2019. That number has increased steadily over the past 4 years, according to the report. About 35 percent of users said this condition runs in their families, which is a significant number. The blood pressure falls in older adults are only three times as high as in adults. So it’s safe to say that people over 45 are at higher risk for high blood pressure.
An analysis conducted by a full-stack digital diabetes treatment and management ecosystem found the pre-pandemic average fasting sugar level was 138 mg / dL from January to mid-February, while it was on from March to mid-April 165 mg / dL rose. A third say the disease runs in the family. The percentage of diabetics tripled from adults to older adults.
About 13 percent of users reported high cholesterol, a number that has remained stable over the past two years. On the flip side, just 4 percent said they had heart problems, a significant decrease from 8.6 percent in 2019.
Drinking numbers have decreased in almost all age groups and in most cities. Many reasons can be explained for the same. The main reason may initially be the start of the nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel was restricted and all major places that used to be used to drink, such as cafes, restaurants, bars, etc., were closed. All of this cumulatively decreased people’s drinking since the only option they had was to drink at home, which was not a viable option for many people. Some did so comfortably, while the majority of their family members did not drink as well and therefore the number decreased that year.
Compared to last year’s data, this year there has been a significant reduction in the number of sick people in every age category. This could be due to people’s increased awareness of immunity levels through healthy lifestyles and eating habits. The decrease in pollution across the country could also be a reason.
The report also showed that stress levels remained high throughout the year. The results of the survey showed an increase in the stress index from 4.98 at the middle of the year to 5.11 at the end of the year. 45 percent are currently plagued by depression.
In terms of city, Surat, Jaipur and Patna are the three healthiest cities in India, the survey found, while Lucknow, Kolkata and Chennai are the most unhealthy.