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Diabetes, high cholesterol hitting young urban men

IANS 17 Jun 2014, 6:43:14 IST
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Mumbai: Lifestyle diseases like diabetes and high cholesterol are now hitting more young men in metropolitan cities of India, says a new survey released here Monday on the occasion of World Men's Health Week.

Despite rising awareness, more than half of the men in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Chennai suffer from diabetes, according to a survey by Metropolis Healthcare.

Of the 38,966 samples screened during June 9-15, 56.81 percent reported high diabetes levels.

Over 41.48 percent of the samples were in the age group of 20-40, indicating an increasing trend of younger population getting hit by diabetes.

In another sample of 35,886 males, the survey found 8.21 percent with high cholesterol levels and 23.01 percent in the same age group with growing rate of cholesterol.

High diabetes levels are usually associated with age, but other factors like body mass index, stress, family history of the disease, lack of physical activity etc. also significantly add to the problem.

Moreover, both diabetics and high-cholesterol patients are highly risk-prone to cardiovascular diseases besides other major health problems.

The study suggested that besides regular screenings, people should go for preventive measures like reducing obesity, increasing physical activity, decreasing salt intake, among others.

The study also unveiled a worrying trend of prostrate cancer.

Of 20,054 samples tested for it, 4,064 samples showed marginally high risk of prostrate cancer.

"Individuals have become more aware of the fact that heart disease is not just a disease of the elderly and are now a lot more determined to go a long way in combating this disease.

"Regular screening of unhealthy cholesterol and lipid levels would help identify people who are at a greater risk of high cholesterol," said a statement from Metropolis Healthcare.