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20.8% Indians suffer from low immunity; Chandigarh healthiest city, Kolkata least healthy

As per the GOQii India Fit Report 2020, people suffering from allergy problems shot up from 13 to 16.7 per cent in 2019.

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Last Updated: Jan 22, 2020, 11.46 AM IST
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The India Fit Report 2020 found that the number of people suffering from allergy problems increased from 13 per cent to 16.7 per cent, with more allergy cases seen in women than men and in those below 30 years. (Representative image)
Lifestyle diseases such diabetes, thyroid and cholesterol are on the rise, according to a new report by preventive healthcare app GOQii.

In a recent study that compiled dated from a cross-section of five million users across 16 cities on the app, GOQii found that there has been an uptick in diabetes and thyroid issues plaguing Indians with the number of people with diabetes increasing from 7.1 to 12 per cent (the highest in the last three years) and those facing thyroid problems rising from 6.8 to 10.7 per cent. 13.5 per cent of Indians were said to have high cholesterol issues while 13.4 per cent had high blood pressure.

Increased Allergies, Lower Immunity
But lifestyle diseases weren’t the only ones that rose in 2019.

The India Fit Report 2020 found that the number of people suffering from allergy problems increased from 13 per cent to 16.7 per cent, with more allergy cases seen in women than men and in those below 30 years. According to the study data, residents in Kochi experienced the most allergy problems due to the dry weather post-flooding but Delhi and Ahmedabad also saw an increase in allergy cases.

The study also found that 20.8% of Indians had low immunity levels (measured by those who fell ill more than three times in a year) with teens and seniors falling ill more often than young adults. Kolkata was said to have the worst immunity levels.

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The report also found that 62 per cent of people were either high risk or borderline on the High-Risk Assessment spectrum, with more women than men falling in the unhealthy category. The health of the users was evaluated on the basis of daily stats tracked by users on the app such as current body statistics, medical parameters, current nutrition, physical activity, stress, sleep, alcohol, smoking, current illness, lifestyle diseases, immunity levels, symptoms or health indicators.

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Kolkata was found to be the least healthy city in the country.

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From the list of 16 Indian cities in which the study was administered, Chandigarh emerged as the healthiest city while Kolkata was named the least healthy. Other healthy cities in the top five included Jaipur, Indore, Bengaluru and Pune respectively.

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