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Newer immigrants to Ontario face fewer health risks

ID-100356350Researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Sunnybrook Schulich Heart Centre in Toronto have recently published a study that follows the „healthy-immigrant effect”, which means that new incomers to Canada are generally healthier than long-term residents. In order to prove this rather controversial hypothesis, they used data from CIC and population-health databases, and compared around 800.000 first-generation immigrants in Ontario to more than five million long-term residents of the province.

The conclusions tend to validate the theory, and it seems that newer immigrants are 30 percent less likely to suffer heart related affections, compared to those who have lived in Canada for a longer period of time. They are also less likely to be obese, to smoke, to suffer from diabetes and high cholesterol. Of course, there are genetic factors involved, and some ethnicities are more predisposed to develop heart diseases than others. Therefore, this study could point out which category of population needs more attention, and could help policymakers develop differential strategies to reduce the risks for the targeted groups.

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