Why heart diseases increases in India ?

Posted by Keshav Rajput on Wed, Mar 27, 2024  
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Heart disease rates in India have been rising due to several interconnected factors:


1. **Changing Lifestyle:** Rapid urbanization has led to a shift in lifestyle, including decreased physical activity, unhealthy diets high in processed foods, sugar, and saturated fats, and increased stress levels due to work demands and urban living.


2. **Dietary Changes:** Traditional diets rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats have been replaced by Westernized diets with higher levels of refined carbohydrates, sugars, and unhealthy fats, contributing to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.


3. **Tobacco Use:** Smoking and smokeless tobacco consumption are significant risk factors for heart disease. Despite efforts to curb tobacco use, it remains prevalent in certain demographics, contributing to cardiovascular health issues.


4. **Air Pollution:** India faces severe air pollution issues in many urban areas, which have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and other health problems.


5. **Genetic Predisposition:** Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to heart disease, which, when combined with lifestyle factors, can further elevate their risk.


6. **Lack of Awareness:** Limited awareness about cardiovascular risk factors, symptoms, and preventive measures contributes to delayed diagnosis and treatment, leading to more severe outcomes.


Addressing these challenges requires a multifaceted approach involving public health initiatives, education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, improved access to healthcare services, stricter tobacco control measures, and environmental regulations to reduce pollution levels.


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