More males found to be under stress than women

Mumbai:A health survey today revealed that around 80 per cent males are found to be living under stress, the percentage which is more as compared to women.

“Eighty per cent males live under stress due to inadequate rest and heavy workload, whereas in the case of females, it is 74 per cent,” findings by a poll conducted on the eve of World Heart Day by ICICI Lombard General Insurance said.

Inadequate rest (52 per cent) and heavy work load (51 per cent) emerged as the reasons behind triggering the condition amongst respondents, it said.

“Moreover, 78 per cent respondents believe stress is the chief trigger for heart ailments. This view was common irrespective of the gender and geography of respondents,” it added.

The survey also states that heart ailments (67 per cent) and high blood pressure (55 per cent) are the main disorders caused by stress. However, women, especially from the non-metros (74 per cent) do not attribute heart related ailments to stress.

According to the survey, lack of physical exercise was cited as one of the reasons for cardio vascular diseases with 56 per cent of respondents voting the same, followed by obesity (46 per cent). As a natural corollary, 54 per cent of respondents believe that by making exercising a daily routine can help in avoiding heart ailments followed with limiting calories (49 per cent).

The survey also shows that 68 per cent of respondents have health insurance policy to manage health related expenses. Male respondents (14 per cent) claim increasing the coverage of their health insurance on a regular basis to make provisions for any emergency whereas majority of females (25 per cent) save money regularly to manage health related expenses.

The survey also concludes that those having health insurance and are not stressed are more confident regarding their heart condition. Additionally, a high percentage of respondents (68 per cent), the survey polled, own a health insurance policy to manage health related expenses.

“It is heartening to note the perceptible shift of people who are now taking into account heart ailments and the reasons that trigger them. The World Heart Day provides us with another opportunity to pursue our goals as we aim to create higher awareness about the necessity of de-stressing ourselves,” Sanjay Datta, Chief-underwriting and claims, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, said.

The nation-wide survey was conducted in the age group 25-55, to which they received over 1,100 responses spread across 11 cities.