Kolkata On Top List With Indians Who Suffer From Lifestyle Diseases

By Xyla Joelle L. Fernandez

Dec 24, 2016 05:35 AM EST

Young Indians that is  in the age group of 20 to 45 are worried about lifestyle diseases and consult doctors, seeking their advice on how to prevent these ailments. About 45% young people in this category are vulnerable to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, depression and so on, a study has revealed.

Kolkata tops the list compared with other cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Ahmedabad so far as its young people seeking consultations on mental and sexual health and lifestyle issues is concerned. 

About 29% people in Kolkata have sought medical advice on their mental health while 27% have sought the same for sexual ailments. In fact, 4.2 million people who are from this metropolis have used this online platform, Lybrate Healthscape India, one of the largest online doctors consultation platform.

The data reflected that overall awareness about sexual and mental health has increased among those in the age bracket of 18-24 years across big cities and towns in the country.

A few of the top lifestyle diseases,which the report points out, that young Indians are the ones who wants to avoid are diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and hypertension.

Interactions about diabetes witnessed a staggering growth of 250% in 2015, followed by cardiovascular diseases (210%), cancer (195%), hypertension (190%), obesity (150%), vitamin/mineral deficiency (150%) and COPD (140%).

Majority of the said interactions revolved around prevention but there has also been a remarkable rise in interactions on the treatment of these diseases with those who are suffering from them taking part.

The interactions on stress and depression have remarkably increased from these cities in the last one year, showing the stigma attached to these subjects is fading even in small towns and cities of the country. The interactions are defined by the cumulative sum of searches for doctors, lab tests booked, health queries sought, patient-doctor communication and appointments booked.

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