Edition: Mumbai | Date : November 23, 2020The risks of heart diseases and diabetes have increased across different age groups of India. ‘Making India Heartstrong Survey’ tries to analyse the risk assessment awareness in metro cities versus tier 1 cities or tier 2 cities. It is a two-part survey that attempts to understand the people’s perception towards their heart health versus the actual number of people who are at the risk of heart diseases. Parameters like HLD and Triglycerides were also measured as they play a key role in defining heart health. 600 individual responses were recorded to evaluate Indian’s awareness around CVD risk assessment. 38% Indians who believe they are healthy were found to be suffering from diabetes. Another 28% of healthy individuals were also diagnosed to be pre-diabetic. Hence, two-third of the test subjects were found to be vulnerable to diabetes and CVD risks. 50% Indians are unaware of the relationship between diabetes, obesity and heart diseases 88% do not know that high cholesterol may lead to heart disease. Surprisingly, even after being a top metro city, Mumbai ranks the lowest in awareness towards diabetes and heart diseases. Hyderabad and Vijaywada were ranked amongst the most aware ones. Only 19% Indians know that the hardening of arteries falls under the umbrella of heart diseases. Unhealthy lifestyle in younger population has increased the risk factors of this condition. Research studies show that coronary stenosis, which is associated with the hardening of arteries, affects nearly 30% population. That’s why it’s important to implement lifestyle modification to reduce our risks. People with diabetes have a two to four times increased risk of coronary arterial disease. People must understand that diabetes has no cure but it can be managed with an active lifestyle and healthy dietary habits.