The Latino Health Paradox In 4 Essential Charts

For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a report specifically on the state of Latino health in the U.S.

Among their findings is further evidence of the so-called “Latino Health Paradox” — a phenomenon observed by public health researchers in which Latinos in the U.S. are less likely to suffer from chronic disease or die prematurely, despite high rates of poverty and less access to education and health care (two factors that are typically linked to poor health).

The report analyzed data on Latinos’ leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors and access to health care and found that, as a population, they have a 24 percent lower all-cause mortality rate. Latinos also have lower death rates for nine out of 15 leading causes of death as compared to white residents.

Specifically, Latinos in the U.S. are also less likely to suffer from cancer and heart disease than the general population, and are also less likely to die of cancer, heart disease, the flu, suicide and other top causes of death in the country.

The CDC’s data does not indicate why Latinos have better health outcomes in some areas compared to whites or the general population, but their analysis of past research on the issue brings up at least four factors that could be contributing to the paradox: Latinos tend to have lower smoking rates than white people, they tend to be younger and they also seemed to have higher levels of family support. Immigration could also be playing a major role; the immigration of young, healthy people and the emigration of unhealthy or elderly immigrants back to their home countries could also be affecting health stats.

But not every measure was a positive one. For example, Latinos —> Read More