Nearly half of Ukrainians report decreased focus on health, study shows

8 April, 12:30 PM
Representatives of the 25-34 age group stopped paying attention to health the most (Photo:CC)

Representatives of the 25-34 age group stopped paying attention to health the most (Photo:CC)

Nearly half of Ukrainians, or 49%, have become less concerned about their health since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, a survey conducted by Ukrainian pharmaceutical company Darnitsa carried out with Gradus Research has found.

Ukrainians cite high levels of stress and anxiety, and a lack of funds and energy as the main reasons for neglecting their health, the survey found.

The trend is most pronounced among the 25-34 age group, with 55% of respondents in this age group stating that they have started paying less attention to their health.

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A total of 86% of Ukrainians claim that they often feel stressed, nervous, and depressed after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Women (88%) and the 55-60 age group (91%) are the most affected by stress. Ukrainians have started to exercise and eat healthily much less, postponed scheduled check-ups, reduced their intake of vitamins, and instead begun taking sedatives.

Fifty-five percent of respondents said that they sleep less, and 75% of those also reported a deterioration in sleep quality. The main problems cited were frequent waking during the night, nightmares, and not feeling rested after sleep. Women and the age group of 45-60 years old reported the worst sleep quality.

For the younger audience of 18-24 years old, there were slightly different trends. Only 39% reported caring less about their health, while 28% reported caring more since the start of the pandemic.

Fewer young people reported feeling constant depression and stress (78%). Twenty-one percent reported sleeping for more than eight hours, compared to only 9% across all age groups. Sleep quality had deteriorated in only 48% of young people. Therefore, it can be concluded that young people are slightly more resilient to stress compared to other age groups.

The study was conducted on March 21-22, 2023, by Gradus Research on behalf of pharmaceutical company Darnitsa, and included 1,005 men and women aged 18-60 years old who resided in cities with a population of 50K+. Kherson, Donetsk, and Luhansk Oblasts were excluded from the study.

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