These diseases are leading causes of death in Hispanics, officials say

Hispanics see higher death rates in chronic liver, kidney diseases, cirrhosis

(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

In a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, experts evaluated health trends in Hispanics across the world.

The study was the first done nationally on Hispanic health risks and leading causes of death in the United States.

Similar to nonwhite Hispanics, the leading causes of death in Hispanics are heart disease and cancer.

However, though fewer Hispanics than white people die from the 10 leading causes of death, the CDC saw higher death rates in Hispanics when it came to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis and kidney disease.

Hispanics in the U.S. are almost 15 years younger on average than whites, and they are three times as likely to be uninsured, so experts say it’s important for Hispanics to learn about their risk factors and take steps to protect their health.

“By not smoking and staying physically active, such as walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, Hispanics can reduce their risk for these chronic diseases and others such as diabetes,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. “Health professionals can help Hispanics protect their health by learning about their specific risk factors and addressing barriers to care.”

The study showed foreign-born Hispanics have better health and fewer health risks than U.S.-born Hispanics for things like cancer, heart disease, obesity, hypertension and smoking.

The four different degrees of health risks among Hispanics by country of origin, according to the CDC, are:


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