Research by Kyriakos Markides, a professor of aging at UTMB Health, has found that Latin-American immigrants are significantly healthier than U.S.-born Latinos: “There is no doubt immigrants are driving this.” Nearly 40 percent of U.S. Latinos were born abroad. Markides suggests that people who emigrate from their home country are typically healthier than those who do not. In addition, Latin-American immigrants are less likely to drink, smoke, do drugs and contract sexually transmitted diseases. Immigrants also are more likely to have physically demanding jobs that keep them in shape and to eat healthier food.