The data shown above confirm that there are marked differences between the SMRs of Maltese compared with those of S. Europe and Austrian-born population. In Maltese males there are high SMRs from respiratory disorders, including lung cancer. There is also a marked increase in mortality from diseases of the circulatory system and diabetes particularly in women. By contrast, there is a markedly reduced mortality from disorders of the digestive system, accidents, poisoning and violence. The reasons for these variations are probably related to genetic tendency to certain disorders (e.g diabetes) associated with dietary habits which lead to obesity and a hightened risks of hypertension.
Source: Maurice N. Cauchi - Maltese Migrants in Australia, Malta 1990
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