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South Asians, Don’t Blame Your Genes Anymor

and Hamilton Health Sciences in Ontario, Canada: I think South Asian immigrants who have come to North America are at even greater risk of heart disease compared to those living in their home countries and the reason for this is that they are even more urbanized.

This includes poor lifestyle choices seen in the west like junk food, higher availability of processed foods, and reduced mobility due to automation of household chores.

'In the transition to a modern lifestyle, these risk factors have been picked up rapidly by South Asians,' said Prabhakaran Dorairaj, a cardiologist at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

The final word goes to team member K. Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India, 'It’s the price South Asians are paying for eating less fruits and vegetables and exercising less than other countries.'
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