Indians are more likely than other races to develop heart diseases. While some of this may be attributable to our genetics, a large part is also due to our lifestyle and eating habits. In urban India, people are spending less and less time on physical activity and irregular eating times and habits are playing a havoc with our health. Additionally, stress is a new contributor to this deadly mix.
No wonder more than 30% deaths in urban India are due to cardiovascular diseases. However, there is a ray of hope. If we are aware of the risks, small changes in our lifestyle (e.g. short walks, 10 minutes of meditation, 10 minutes of yoga etc. ) can make a big difference.
Generally, the wake up call comes too late. We recommend that those who are at the risk should get tested. A simple lipid profile test can reveal a lot about your health and can help you manage your lifestyle better.
What is lipid profile test and when is it recommended?
Lipid profile or lipid profile test is used as part of heart disease risk assessment. It is generally recommended for people who show the following symptoms:
- High blood pressure
- Underactive thyroid gland
- History of heart disease and high cholesterol in family
It is recommended that Indian men get lipid profile test done at least once in five years from the age of 20. Post the age of 35, men should get a lipid profile done once every year. Women should get a lipid profile test done every year after the age of 45.
For more information on lipid profile test, you may visit the detailed description of lipid profile test by LabsAdvisor here.