Growing level of fatigue, tiredness high among urban Indians

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Chennai, Apr 9 (UNI) A study on 'Prevalence of Fatigue' revealed that the growing level of fatigue and tiredness was high among the urban population in India.

Fatigue caused by physical or mental exertion, boredom, or lack of sleep, may affect an individual's ability to perform and become a chronic problem.

The study was conducted in seven major cities, including Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Madurai among 1,309 'healthy respondents' by Lifetime Wellness Rx International, an Apollo Hospitals Group Company in partnership with Glaxo SmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

Top findings of the study reported a higher prevalence of fatigue among the three big cities - Kolkata (38.10 per cent), Delhi (30 per cent) and Bangalore (32.10 per cent).

Other cities such as Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Madurai reported more than 20 per cent fatigue.

The study also stated that women had 1.5 times higher risk of being fatigued with a higher proportion (31.1 per cent) as compared to men (25.6 per cent).

However, there was no association between fatigue and age, the report said.

The findings further revealed that fatigue had a strong association with various lifestyle and nutritional factors. Problems like constant and daily hassels, career, financial and family problems were significantly associated with fatigue.

Fatigue prevalence was also high in people who consume high junk food.

More than 60 per cent of fatigued people reported more than usual lack of energy and less strength in their muscles.

Apart from this, 45 to 50 per cent of such people had difficulty in concentrating or with memory.

The decade-wise age split suggests that more than 85 per cent of these subjects were in the age group of 25 to 55 years.

Lifetime Wellness Rx International Managing Director Kennedy claimed ''In the Indian context, to our knowledge, there was no published survey on fatigue in normal urban populations. The 'Prevalence of Fatigue' study was therefore, relevant and it shows significant association between fatigue and common health-related complaints such as headaches, backaches, acidity and insomnia'', UNI SNR DS BDP BD1555

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