The first ever national study on Hispanic health risks and leading causes of death in the United States has been released by the CDC and there is some good news and some bad news.
Some are calling it a “paradox” as overall, Hispanics are generally healthier than their non-Hispanic white peers when it comes to health in spite of the greater socioeconomic burdens from higher poverty rates (one in four Hispanics lives below the poverty line), language barriers (one in three Hispanics have limited English proficiency), and a lower insured rate (Hispanics are three times as likely to be uninsured).
The two leading causes of death in Hispanics are cancer and heart disease, and for non-Hispanic whites the causes are the same but in reverse order. However, Hispanics are about 50% more likely to die from diabetes and chronic liver disease than their non-Hispanic counterparts.
Below are essential statistics in chart form (info based on CDC data).
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