The health community has known for decades that Latinos as a group have better health outcomes despite having less access to health and high poverty rates. This has been referred to as the “Hispanic paradox.”
A recent study on lung cancer out of the University of Miami A University of Miami study confirmed the paradox showing that Latinos (native and non-native to the U.S.) had a 15% lower risk of dying from lung cancer than white or Black patients. Past research has indicated that Latinos also have lower infant mortality rates and better survival rates for heart attacks than others from similar socioeconomic backgrounds.
Why is this the case? Strong family ties? Genetic makeup? Healthier diets among immigrants? Now that we know a substantial difference exists, future research will have to take a look at why.
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