PRASUN BHATTACHARYA, The Telegraph, March 19 , 2008
Rapid urbanisation in the hills is exposing the Bhutias to mounting levels of stress and increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, says a recently published study that contradicts the traditional belief that the members of the tribal community are characterised by their strong heart. […]
Lifestyle factors like fat-rich food, inadequate physical exercise and smoking are known to cause cardiovascular diseases. Tribal populations, especially the ones living in the mountains, are usually thought to be free of these diseases as they follow a different lifestyle that includes a lot of physical activity.
The ISI study, however, paints a different picture.
Mukhopadhyay and researcher Sobhanjan Sarkar conducted the study in Sikkim on 428 Bhutias, aged 20 years and above, from both sexes and living in rural and urban settings. They chose one ethnic group to maintain the homogeneity of the study. The Bhutias are also the largest single group living in both urban and rural areas. […]
Source: The Telegraph – Calcutta (Kolkata) | North Bengal & Sikkim | ‘Vices’ of urban lifestyle put hill tribe at health risk
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