New immigrants to Australia usually seek a better life, but a recent research report found that the so-called "good life" also has its dark side. The Australian SBS website reported that due to multiple factors such as food differences, cultural shocks, and discrimination, immigrants who were originally physically and mentally healthy will gradually contract chronic diseases of Australians after coming to Australia.
Researchers at Deakin University and New Zealand's University of Otago have found that most new immigrants will more or less contract chronic diseases within 20 years of coming to Australia. The researchers said that this may be caused by the new immigrants' changes to "Australian" in their diet and living habits.
It is reported that the above survey is based on HILDA survey data. This survey called "Australian Family, Income and Work Status" compares the incidence of multiple diseases of new immigrants and Australians, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, Arthritis, diabetes and respiratory diseases, etc.
The author of the report pointed out: "Compared with Australians, the probability of overseas immigrants suffering from chronic diseases within 20 years of living in Australia is much smaller. However, after living in Australia for more than 20 years, the probability of these immigrants suffering from chronic diseases is almost On par with Australians."
Associate Professor Santosh Jatrana of Deakin University said that immigrants not only face a brand new cultural atmosphere after coming to Australia, but at the same time, they will also face various pressures when they adapt to the "Australian" life, and may even Being discriminated against will affect their physical and mental health.
"In the long run, the health of immigrants is more closely related to their adaptability to Australian diet, sports activities, and tobacco and alcohol culture." Gardana added that language and cultural barriers, coupled with a lack of understanding of the Australian health care system, It will also hinder some immigrants in disease prevention and health care, for example, they may miss cancer screening.
Gatana believes that relevant agencies should conduct more in-depth research on the reasons for the deteriorating health of immigrants. "Understanding and discovering these risk factors can help improve everyone's health."