LatinaLista — We all know that when it comes to diabetes, obesity, poverty, lack of health insurance and receiving quality health care, Latinos are disproportionately affected by all of these.
Yet, when it comes to mortality rates, Latinos actually fare the best!
It’s what’s called the Hispanic Paradox. HispanicBusiness.com quotes Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, a professor of medicine at UCLA, saying, “In the United States, Hispanics, despite their socio-economic hurdles, on average live longer than blacks by seven years, and whites by five years.”
Hayes-Bautista said that Hispanics in the United States are 35 percent less likely than whites to die of heart disease, and 40 percent less likely to develop cancer.
But nobody knows why.
Dr. Hayes-Bautista is studying the Hispanic Paradox to see if he can figure out the reason(s) why.
All that is known for sure is that when life’s odds are stacked against Latinos we seem to have the proverbial 9 lives.
If only we had the luck that went with it!