Landmark Study Focuses On Hispanic Longevity

CHICAGO (February 24, 2014) The government's largest study of Hispanics' health is focused on why Hispanics live longer than other Americans, but the first results suggest that trend might be in jeopardy, especially among certain groups.

Overall, high rates of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes were found, especially among older adults, but troubling signs were seen among younger Hispanics, who were the least likely to have diabetes under treatment and well controlled.

Hispanics from Puerto Rico and Cuba were among the unhealthiest whlie those from South America were among the healthiest.

The landmark study has followed more than 16,000 Hispanics since 2008.

The initial results released Monday reveal a diverse group whose health habits depend in part on how long they've lived in the United States.

“Although Hispanics represent one out of every 6 people in the U.S., our knowledge about Hispanic health has been limited,” said Larissa Avilés-Santa, M.D., a medical officer in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, and project officer of the HCHS/SOL.

“These detailed findings provide a foundation to address questions about the health of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino population and a critical understanding of risk factors that could lead to improved health in all communities.


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