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78% Mumbai women at risk of developing heart disease: Study

Dr. Brian Pinto, chief of cardiology at Holy Family Hospital, Bandra said: “Cardiovascular diseases in women are slowly gaining epidemic proportions due to high Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels and body mass index over normal.”

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Around 78% of women in Mumbai are at risk of heart disease because of increased belly fat, reveals a pan India study. The report also said that more than 60 per cent of urban India females in the age group of 30 to 45 years are at risk of being affected by cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). 

With 89% of women at risk of CVDs in Mumbai falling in the overweight/obese category, the results of the study has revealed some alarming statistics. The Saffolalife study 2015 — conducted in 10 leading metro and non-metro cities of India — had 1,299 urban Indian females participation in the age group 30-45 years. The data collated from the study was analyzed by IMRB International.

Dr. Brian Pinto, chief of cardiology at Holy Family Hospital, Bandra said: “Cardiovascular diseases in women are slowly gaining epidemic proportions due to high Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels and body mass index over normal.” 

He said that the changing food habits and unhealthy food choices, such as increased intake of food like cheese, food rich in trans fats and late dinners are leading to increased abdominal obesity and increased waist-to-hip ratio, a major risk factor for heart diseases.

“An increasing number of women are transitioning from the cardio-protective pear shape body to apple shape with increasing waistlines and truncal obesity, eventually putting them at risk of heart diseases. In addition, smoking, low levels of physical activity, diabetes, high BP and other lifestyle factors are responsible for fat redistribution in women while accelerating their risk of CVDs,” said Pinto. 

As for food habits are concerned, it was found that a majority of women in Mumbai (86%) who have greater risk of getting CVDs, consume preserved foods thrice a week. With food like cheese, food rich in trans fats, 64% of such high-risk category women consume them twice a week, while 63% consume fried foods thrice a week. 

Despite the much–maligned role of sweetened beveragesin raising the risk of getting heart diseases, 55% of women in Mumbai within this high-risk category consume sweetened beveragestwice a week. Additionally, of the total women at risk, 23% eat late dinners.

 

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