Indian are Living Longer with ill Health – A Global Study Finds

India Network Health Insurance for visitors is the only one that provide health insurance coverage for all age groups. It is no surprise that many parents and grandparents in their 90s are traveling to the United States, thanks to the cover accorded to them by the India Network accident and sickness medical insurance.

A recent global study confirms that people across India are living much longer than before due to advancement of medicines and medical facilities. However, they are spending a large part of their later life with ill health. For example, retirement in India continues to be around age 60 while many are making now to reach 90 years. The major conditions are depressive disorder, iron-deficiency anemia, diabetic, blood pressure, etc.

A recent report published in Asian Age gives more details of the study and confirm India Network data on living with disability.

According to a new analysis of 301 acute and chronic diseases, and injuries in 188 countries in 2013, migraines, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and hearing loss were among the 10 leading causes of years lived with disability (YLDs) in India. Other leading causes included neck pain, diabetes and anxiety disorders. For both sexes combined, the leading causes of YLDs had remained largely the same during this time period, but they took an increased toll on health due to population growth and ageing.

Significantly, for women in India, musculoskeletal disorders — which include shoulder injuries and fractures from osteoporosis —and diabetes replaced diarrheal diseases and uncorrected refractive error that causes vision problems as leading causes YLDs.

According to the study published in the Lancet, between 1990 and 2013, YLDs from diabetes increased by 109 per cent, and YLDs from other musculoskeletal disorders increased by 110 per cent. On the other hand, Iron-deficiency anaemia YLDs decreased by 12 per cent.

Diabetes YLDs also increased for men in India between 1990 and 2013, climbing 136 per cent. YLDs from COPD increased by 76 per cent and iron-deficiency anaemia Elides] decreased by 32 per cent.

“The health of Indians is increasingly threatened by depression, back pain, and migraines,” said an expert.

Source: Asian Age, June 11, 2015

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