The report “Health of the Nation 2023” prepared by Apollo Hospitals provides information on the prevalence and risk factors of NCDs. It comes from data from more than 500,000 health checks over the past three years.
The report showed a 50 percent increase in the prevalence of obesity among Indians between 2019 and 2022, especially among people under 45 (43 percent) and people above 45 (60 percent).
Between 2019 and 2022, delinquency has seen an 18 percent increase among young Indians and more than 35 percent among those over 45.
Diagnoses of conditions such as diabetes (8 percent) and hypertension (11 percent) have also increased over the past three years.
Chronic stress and anxiety increase the risk of hypertension by 1.5 times and diabetes up to 2 times. Men with chronic stress have twice the risk of diabetes than women.
Dr Prathap Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “Preventive healthcare must become a national priority. In the last 3 decades, non-communicable diseases have been the leading cause of death and suffering in India, accounting for 65 per cent of deaths.” , in a statement.
“NCDs affect not only health but also productivity and economic growth. India’s economic burden is expected to be around $4.8 trillion by 2030,” he added.
In addition, the report cited sound sleep as an important indicator of overall health. Metabolic disorders are also closely related to digestive disorders such as gas/bloating, heaviness after eating, burning sensation, belching/retching. The analysis showed that 64 percent of people have digestive disorders, and up to 81 percent among diabetics.
The silent epidemic of NCDs is behind 40 percent of all hospital admissions, according to the report. He emphasized the need for regular and comprehensive health check-ups starting at a young age, which can significantly reduce mortality rates, illnesses as well as the frequency of hospital visits throughout our lifetime.
“As the world’s youngest and fastest-growing major economy, the health of our nation is a critical indicator of our future, and the health of our people will determine how effectively we realize our full potential. What we need is a proactive and highly defined strategy to minimize the impact of NCDs.” strategy. And the best solution is prevention,” Reddy said.