Multi-American | How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Can assimilation kill you? Perhaps, health report indicates

Much has been written about the so-called "Latino paradox," the generally better state of health enjoyed by some Latinos - in particular recent immigrants - due to a number of factors, including the healthier diet habits they arrive in the United States with. But assimilation takes its toll.

A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the latest to point out that the longer Latin American immigrants live in the U.S., the less healthy they become. In fact, by the time they've been here at least 20 years and have adopted a thoroughly American lifestyle, many suffer from a host of chronic health problems in comparison with relative newcomers.

A piece in U.S. News & World Report breaks out the major complications:

Compared to those who have lived in the United States for fewer than 10 years, Hispanic immigrants who are U.S. residents for more than 20 years are 98 percent more likely to be obese, 68 percent more likely to have hypertension, and nearly 2.5 times more likely to have diabetes, according to the researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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