New Delhi [India]: Even though 91% Indians consider health a priority and intend to make healthy changes, a study suggests that almost one-third of the population does not care to visit physicians on time.
healthi, India’s preventive health provider, recently released a comprehensive report titled HEALTHI INSIGHTS INDIA 2017 based on one million health tests and related data points including health history and lifestyleover a period of 18 months (October 2015-March 2017).
The report has thrown open the wide gap that exists among Indians between wanting to be healthy and actually taking adequate efforts to achieve the goal.
It also sheds some light on how perceptions regarding health often vary from reality, particularly among younger people.
According to the study, getting healthy starts with the mind, with 91% of those assessed indicating that they are en route to changing or have made necessary lifestyle changes for better health.
Men from Mumbai (93%) lead the race when it comes to considering health a priority whereas men from Chennai (82%) fare the worst.
Women, on the other hand, irrespective of the city that they belong to (Pune 100%, Delhi/NCR 99%, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore 98%, Chennai 97%), are aware of the importance of being healthy.
The contradiction, however, lies in the fact that over 28% of the total population that is in need of medical help doesn’t visit physicians on time.
The study also evaluates health outcomes across various professional sectors such as BFSI, IT/ITES, Manufacturing, Retail, and non-IT services.
Obesity is the highest amongst people working in the Retail sector with around 71% women and 83% men suffering from it.
High cholesterol is another prominent condition plaguing the working population. It is often triggered by a faulty diet, stress, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and drinking. According to the report, 15% women and 29% men in the BFSI sector, 24% women and 42% men in IT/ITES, 12% women and 22% men in Manufacturing, 24% women and 39% men in Retail and 11% women and 27% men in the Non-IT services suffer from high cholesterol and are at a high risk of developing diabetes and hypertension.
Speaking about the insights gathered, Rekuram Varadharaj and Krishna Ulagaratchagan, Co-Founders, healthi in a joint statement said, “HEALTHI INSIGHTS INDIA 2017 highlights the potential that harnessing technology like intelligent predictive analytics and big data models can bring to preventive health and population health management. The study presents unique insights not only about prevalence (i.e. people who already have a condition) but also scientifically valid assessments of people who are at risk of serious chronic illnesses.”
“To millions of Indians, preventive health, if any, ends at a health check, a short consultation and a prayer. Startling national women health statistics like 26%+ suffering fromanemia, 88% from Vitamin D deficiency (necessary for boneand potentially hearthealth) and 12%+ with abnormal TSH levelsnecessitate the need for timely detection and treatment. We have also observed how genetic predisposition and changing lifestyle lead to disproportionate chronic diseaseprevalence and risk even among younger Indians. It is important to set complacencyaside and cultivate effective healthy habits and lifestyle early. Seeking help at the right time is key.”