Friday, June 21, 2013

Salud! 8 Ways Hispanic People Are Healthier


Hispanics are the fastest-growing major demographic group in the United States. Approximately 50 million out of 310 Americans are Hispanic (16.3 percent), and it is projected that the Hispanic population will rise to 103 million (25 percent) by 2050.

A number of ethnicities fall into the category of "Hispanic." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes Hispanic, or Latino, people as those of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central and South American, or Spanish origin.

It is estimated that 64 percent of Hispanics in the United States are Mexican, 9 percent are Puerto Rican, 3.4 percent are Cuban and 2.8 percent are Dominican.

As the U.S. Hispanic population grows, researchers are increasingly paying attention to the health of this demographic. Each race and ethnicity tends to have a unique health profile, with lower risks for some diseases or a greater vulnerability to other conditions.

Here are eight areas where Hispanics seem to fare better than most other racial or ethnic groups in the United States.

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