64% of people in top cities are at heart risk: study

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GUWAHATI, Oct 9: This World Heart Day, Saffola life through its flagship study talks about commonly ignored lifestyle habits and their high correlation to heart risk. Even more eye-opening is the lack of awareness of the impact of these habits on heart health. The key finding that emerges from the study is that 64% people in the top Indian cities who exhibit one or more of behaviours like lack of sleep, stress, sedentary lifestyle, skipping meals and belly fat, are at heart risk.

While India is moving towards health consciousness, heart health awareness is still not as prevalent. The small habits and behaviours in our lifestyle that we tend to ignore a lot of times are factors that silently cause our hearts to be at risk. Although we are aware about markers like high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes etc., we are often not aware of the impact of the seemingly small lifestyle behaviours which are within our control. Understanding the impact of these underlying habits is key to better heart health awareness and care.

Therefore, to create greater awareness regarding these lifestyle habits that lead to heart risk, Saffola life commissioned a survey which was conducted by Nielsen covering 1226 respondents across key cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. While 65% of people are stressed and at heart risk, yet 58% of these do not consider it to be among the critical risk factors for heart risk, underscoring the lack of understanding and awareness.

Commenting on the findings of the study, Dr. Shashank Joshi (Endocrinologist, Padma Shree Awardee) said, “Lifestyle diseases are definitely a growing concern amongst the medical fraternity and Heart Disease has emerged as one of the most serious of these in the last few years. However, most people do not understand how these small lifestyle behaviours can impact their heart. This study states that 90% of people who sleep less than 7.5 hours a day and are at heart risk, do not even consider sleep as a critical risk factor. Such basic lifestyle habits that we ignore today can lead to much bigger issues. This study is a wake-up call for us to start considering proactive understanding of heart health as a key factor while ensuring overall body health.”

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