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Unhealthy lifestyle ... but still smiling

ALTHOUGH almost two-thirds of Shanghai men under 40 have medical problems caused by unhealthy lifestyles, locals are happier than residents in China's other big cities, according to a survey.

About 60 percent of Shanghai men aged between 20 to 40 years old suffer from fatty liver, research by the Chinese Medical Doctor Association and the Chinese Hospital Association found.

Shanghai and Beijing recorded the most men in that age group with the disease, in the survey of 1.04 million people which also included residents from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Wuhan.

Fatty liver - a reversible condition in which fatty deposits enlarge the organ - is linked to an unhealthy lifestyle. Doctors said too much alcohol, a lack of exercise and stress contribute to the high rate of such diseases.

However, the survey also found that Shanghainese had a more positive outlook compared to other city residents.

Beijing residents felt their lives were dull, while people from Guangzhou and Shenzhen were more likely to feel anxious, tired and depressed.

Fatty liver, high cholesterol, dropping bone density were the biggest health problems facing men nationally, according to the survey.

"A sedentary life, bad diet, smoking, too much alcohol and stress lead to a whole host of diseases and conditions," said Han Xiaohong who helped conduct the survey.

Nationally, breast hyperplasia - abnormal tissue growth - ranked as the biggest health threat for women. This was followed by cervicitis and hemorrhoids.


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