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.
- 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.
- 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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