Economic And Language Barriers Could Hurt Hispanic Health
In its first national report on Hispanic health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined mortality rates among Hispanics.By Christian Bryant | May 5, 2015
Hispanics living in the U.S. have a lower mortality rate than whites but may face health challenges due to education, poverty and language barriers. That's according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report, which is a first of its kind for the CDC, used health surveys and death certificates between 2009 and 2013 to gather data. Researchers found that, although Hispanics are less likely to die from the leading causes, they face their own unique set of health challenges.
Hispanics born in the U.S. have higher rates of heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure. U.S.-born Hispanics are also more likely to be obese and more likely to smoke cigarettes.