The Hispanic Paradox

Despite their disadvantaged socioeconomic status and lower access to healthcare, US Hispanics are healthier than whites, according to the CDC’s first comprehensive report on the ethnic group.

US Hispanics suffer 35% less heart disease and 49% less cancer, have lower rates of Alzheimer's disease, cerebrovascular disease, flu and pneumonia, and live on average 2 years longer than whites.

"For many years there has been a description of the Hispanic Paradox, that despite … lower socioeconomic status they live longer," CDC director Tom Frieden said, adding that the advantage may relate to lower smoking rates among Hispanics.

Still, Hispanics face higher death rates from diabetes, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver, hypertension and homicide than whites, and are more likely to be obese or have diabetes.
Washington Post

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