Kolkata is at low heart risk due to Fish: SaffollaLife

Kolkata, Sept 28, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): A recent study has concluded that among all metros of the country, citizens of Kolkata are least prone to heart ailments.

Carried out by SaffollaLife, a non-profit initiative by consumer products company Marico, the study based on 60,332 respondents nationwide, took note of their low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and triglyceride levels (TGL).

After processing data from the three factors that determine the level of risk of heart ailments, the study concluded that while Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad had over at least 40 percent of respondents above risk, only 35.4 percent of the results in Kolkata came in red.

Doctors feel that one of the causes for this might be fish, that features almost religiously on the platter of the people in this part of the country.

City based cardiologist Arup Das Biswas said, “Besides yet unidentified genetic factors, it may be that people in Kolkata take less of butter, ghee and other dairy products, take more of fish and consume less oil.”

Apart from affirming the notion that men are at far greater risk than women, the study also found that among those at risk, men between 30-49 years and women between 50-59 years face the highest threat.

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