Sri Lankans at high risk of heart diseases

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People in South Asian countries including Sri Lanka have a higher risk of heart disease at an early age than any other ethnic group, says a report released by Stanford South Asian Transnational Heart Initiatidhve.

 Men appear to face a slightly higher threat of the disease than women, the report said.


 “People from South Asia — India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka — have a four times greater risk of heart disease than the general population,” the report said adding it has a much greater chance of having a heart attack before the age of 50.
 Heart attacks strike South Asian men and women at younger ages are more deadly compared to any other ethnic group. Almost one in three in this group will die from heart disease before age 65, the Daily Star said.


 Research has shown that even in infancy, children of South Asian heritage may have high levels of cholesterol and lipoproteins in
their blood.


The five reasons behind South Asians are at risk for heart disease:


A high number of South Asians appear to be insulin resistant, a pre-diabetic condition in which the body does not process insulin efficiently.