WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) – People who immigrate to the United States tend to suffer less heart disease and stroke than those born in America, a new study shows.
However, this is not "because people in the US have lazy habits that ruin their health," the researchers said.
"People who emigrate seem to be healthier than those who choose to stay in their homeland," said First Dr. Jing Fang, epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fang and her colleagues used government data to assess how the place of birth could affect the rate of heart disease and stroke in US adults.
They found that just over 8 percent of men and almost 5 percent of women born in the United States have heart disease, compared to 5.5 percent of men and just over 4 percent of women born elsewhere.
Native Americans also had a higher proportion of stroke ̵
Heart disease was lowest in people born in Asia, Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean, researchers found. Strokes were the least common among men from South America and Africa and women from Europe.
Surprisingly, researchers found that the length of time an immigrant lived in the United States did not affect their risk of heart disease or stroke. 19659002] "Our first thought was that the longer people live in the US, they will have more problems than newer immigrants," Fang said.
It may be that immigrants who choose to move to America have a lifestyle "We learned in their childhood that it is better for their heart," said Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, the chief physician of the American Heart Association for Prevention.
"When people with other health habits come here, they may be part of what makes for better health," said Sanchez.
At first glance one might think that immigrants have better heart health because Americans are struggling with obesity, poor nutrition and lack of exercise.