Healthy immigrants soon develop the same chronic health conditions as the natives, according to Australian research. In just over two decades, migrants to Australia were found to be stricken with, for instance, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, heart and lung disease – like the locals. The researcher suggests that the health decline was likely due to the adoption of bad indigenous habits related to diet, physical activity, smoking and alcohol, in addition to the stress of adapting to a new country (especially for visible minorities). Obviously, this could crossover into any culture, with the acquisition of bad (or good) habits. Integration is important, but the lesson learned is that we transnationals must make conscious choices about what to keep from our past – and what to acquire.
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