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Asians in US are healthier than most Americans, study finds

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SAN FRANCISCO - Asian Americans are healthier than other U.S. adults, according to federal health survey. Compared with other Americans, most Asian Americans also are less likely to report their health conditions or serious psychological problems, according the report cited by Healthday.com.

They’re also less likely to say they must limit work or social activities compared with others their age, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported recently.

Asian Americans make up about 5 percent of the U.S. population, according to the CDC.

Researchers collected data on Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese Americans from the 2010-2014 National Health Interview Survey. The survey asked nearly 170,000 American adults about their health.

The reasons why most Asians are in better health overall isn’t known and the survey did not attempt to determine that.

Chinese-Americans fared particularly well, according to the report, but Vietnamese were more likely to be in fair or poor health compared with other Americans.

The traditional diets and lifestyle practices of the Asian cultures represented in the study are generally more healthful than the modern American norms, according to an expert, who also said that a Japanese study showed that the health of immigrating Japanese families declined with Westernization. Inquirer.net

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