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MOVING TO SCOTLAND MAY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH

December 12, 2007

Asian people who come to live in Scotland adopt the same bad lifestyle habits -- such as poor diet -- as Scots, say the authors of a study by Edinburgh University and NHS National Services Scotland.

Consider:

  • People from India and China typically had a low risk of developing heart disease or stroke, but by adopting a Scottish lifestyle, put themselves at greater risk.
  • For example, men born in Pakistan but living in Scotland had a 1 percent higher rate of heart disease deaths than Scottish-born men and 30 per cent higher than men living in England.

Conversely:

  • English men living in Scotland had a 25 percent lower death rate than Scottish-born residents.
  • They also had a 22 percent lower death rate from heart disease; among women, heart deaths were 20 per cent lower.

The latest research only confirms Scotland's status as the United Kingdom's "heart attack hotspot," say the researchers:

  • More than 1 in 10 people are estimated to be living with some form of heart or circulation problem in Scotland, with someone falling victim every 15 minutes.
  • In 2005, there were more than 10,000 deaths from coronary heart disease and almost 6,000 deaths from stroke in Scotland.

Source: Lyndsay Moss, "Moving to Scotland 'may damage your health,'" The Scotsman, December 12, 2007.

 

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