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80% of Indians have micronutrient deficiencies: report

80% of Indians have micronutrient deficiencies: report

New Delhi: Over 80% of the Indian population is suffering from micronutrient deficiencies which is a risk factor for compromised immunity. The report noted that pregnant women are consuming less than 50% of the required essential micronutrients. It can also increase the risk of viral respiratory infections.

A consensus by the Consumer Health Division of Bayer said over two billion people in the world are suffering from MiND (micronutrient deficiencies) and nearly half of them are in India. It is based on a national advisory board comprising 21 Indian healthcare practitioners.

Sandeep Verma, Country Head, Consumer Health Division of Bayer in India, said the doctor's consensus paper has identified a growing problem in India, with a majority of us at risk of MiND. "The grave inadequacy of multiple micronutrients coupled with wrong eating habits and lifestyle-related factors has contributed to the growing micronutrient deficiency in India," he added.

Fatigue, insomnia, lack of energy, malaise, and loss of appetite are the first signs of deficiencies, hidden hunger, and low immunity.

The report noted that MinD is highly prevalent in over 62% of urban and semi-urban adults due to wrong eating habits, inadequate diet, and anemia. Zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin D are a few of the most important micronutrients people need to consume.

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