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Longevity study confirms 'Latino Paradox': poor in wealth, rich in health
San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/14/2010 | Lisa M. Krieger

Posted on 10/25/2010 10:54:40 AM PDT by neverdem

The first-ever national study of Latino life expectancy reveals that Latinos in the United States live 2.5 years longer than their white counterparts -- a poor-in-wealth, rich-in-health paradox that mystifies doctors.

A Latino baby in the U.S. will live to the average age of 80.6 years, compared with 78.1 years for a white baby, according to the new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, released Wednesday.

"This is surprising because of low social status," said Elizabeth Arias, of the CDC. Based on rates of poverty, education and access to care -- factors long known to be linked to poor health -- Latinos should have shorter lives, she said.

There is even a wider gap between Latinos and blacks, who have a life expectancy of 72.9 years. Asians were not included in the study.

The so-called "Latino Paradox" was first noted in small studies in the 1970s by researchers looking at death rates in California and Texas. But many others have long called the data wrong or anomalous.

The new study ends the dispute, by correcting for previous errors in its vast analysis of more reliable data from the official National Center for Health Statistics. This long-awaited proof means that scientists can now start solving the mystery.

The phenomenon could have major significance for California -- where, since late 2001, more than 50 percent of the babies born have been Latino. When these babies reach adulthood, they will, by sheer force of numbers, influence the health, wellness and perhaps medical economics of the Golden State.

"Something in the Latino culture seems...,"

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The full report is available at www.cdc.gov/nchs.

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Life expectancy at birth

Average U.S. population: 77.7 years in 2006
Latino population: 80.6 years
White population: 78.1 years
Black population: 72.9 years

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: diet; health; latinoparadox; longevity; morbidity; mortality
The 'Latino Paradox' hamstrings their socioeconomic hypothesis to explain disparities in mortality, morbidity and medical outcomes. Ditto the latent, hidden bias of white devil docs.
1 posted on 10/25/2010 10:54:46 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
it's all about those jalapeno peppers don't these doctors read each others stuff?
2 posted on 10/25/2010 10:58:41 AM PDT by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: neverdem

Faith and Family are core values.


3 posted on 10/25/2010 10:58:41 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: neverdem
...a poor-in-wealth, rich-in-health paradox that mystifies doctors.

beans... beans...
good for the heart...

***********

Humor only plz...
(Couldn't resist---)

4 posted on 10/25/2010 11:00:51 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: neverdem

If I didn’t have to pay for my visits, I might visit the doctor more often too.


5 posted on 10/25/2010 11:03:14 AM PDT by GunningForTheBuddha ("Corrupt governments from little ACORNs grow. " - seton89)
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To: neverdem

“But many others have long called the data wrong or anomalous.”

I would like to see a study of the health problems and costs of various “Latino” sub groups. I bet that the health statitistics of Mexican immigrants with less than 12 years education (the majority of the illegal population) and their children are very bad. I know people in the health business near the border. Diabetes is very common amongst Mexicans along with obesity and hypertension... all of which lead to high cost skilled nursing facilities.


6 posted on 10/25/2010 11:04:40 AM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: neverdem

Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the long living Italians in Roseto PA. The incredible longevity ostensibly stems from family and community living. (Lack of heart disease) It has a positive effect on health. Could be the same phenomena with Hispanics that share that trait.


7 posted on 10/25/2010 11:04:41 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: neverdem

I wouldn’t expect anything different. Every time I’m in the hospital E.R., it is packed with Latinos getting their free primary care. They will outlive those of us who foot the bill. Then what?


8 posted on 10/25/2010 11:07:24 AM PDT by dznutz
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To: reagandemocrat

Faith, family, and living off the largess of the idiot white people who pay for their support does seem to be a core value for between twenty and thirty million of them.

It is a strange reflection of faith though. Perhaps you’re referencing the faith that White people will continue to bend over.


9 posted on 10/25/2010 11:09:12 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

Olive oil and red wine can’t hurt, either.

;-)


10 posted on 10/25/2010 11:11:12 AM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: xtinct
They should also be following the archaeological studies that indicate the Latins on the WEST COAST of the Americas came primarily from Japan over the last few thousand years.

The Japanese, of course, have the longevity records!

11 posted on 10/25/2010 11:13:42 AM PDT by muawiyah ("GIT OUT THE WAY" The Republicans are coming)
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To: neverdem
a poor-in-wealth, rich-in-health

The middle class has to pay for their own health care and thus get less of it.

12 posted on 10/25/2010 11:13:52 AM PDT by donna (The fruits of Feminism: Angry fathers, bitter mothers, fat kids and political correctness.)
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To: neverdem
The trek through the desert deters many of the weak and infirm and kills many of the rest.
13 posted on 10/25/2010 11:16:57 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Grblb blabt unt mipt speeb!! Oot piffoo blaboo...)
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To: workerbee
Probably a lot to the food angle. We White folks eat a lot of preprocessed crap. Hyper tension is very low in societies until they adopt the Western Diet.
Also the close family associations. I know that having my Grand Kids nearby really give me a boost, and they make me laugh, which I believe is good for you.
14 posted on 10/25/2010 11:20:16 AM PDT by Colvin (Proud Owner '66 Binder PU, '66 Binder Travelall,)
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To: muawiyah
oh... I forgot about that...

according to a friend who lives in Vegas, at least 40% of the Latinos look like Asians and speak with different accents than Latinos... yet call themselves Mexican...

15 posted on 10/25/2010 11:21:04 AM PDT by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: neverdem
These data show that just because there is a statistical link between rates of poverty, education and access to care doesn't mean that there is a causative factor. However our social architechs will spend scads of money to remove the disparities - with few results.

Note: When I took statistics there was a high correlation between the number of eyeglasses sold and auto accidents. i.e., the were both increasing annually. However stopping the sale of eyeglasses would not reduce the number of auto accidents because there is no causative relationship.

You cannot prove anything with statistics.

16 posted on 10/25/2010 11:25:58 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: neverdem
The Latinos are a hybrid "race."

Natural selection through centuries of abject poverty and hardship has resulted in physically strong, long-lived people. Give the group 50 years on the American diet, absence of parasites and the resultant obesity*, soft living, stress, and auto accidents, and they will crap out just like the rest of us. These figures don't include the "drive-bys," either!

*drop by the local hi scrool and check out the enormous "anchor babies."

17 posted on 10/25/2010 11:30:35 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Revive The Poll Tax and Literacy Requirement for voter registration.)
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To: workerbee
Olive oil and red wine can’t hurt, either.

For the Latino Americanos, that's lard and tequila/Colt 45. Unless you are counting the French and Italians as Latinos, too. Which along with Spaniards, Portuguese, and the odd Belgian, they are.

18 posted on 10/25/2010 11:34:02 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Revive The Poll Tax and Literacy Requirement for voter registration.)
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To: neverdem

I looked at the source study, never wanting to rely on the SJM for anything.

I wish they would have analyzed cause of death. My guess is that this cohort is not subjected to a variety of cancers that others are. I doubt if lifestyle, diet or environment has anything to do with it.


19 posted on 10/25/2010 11:38:39 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: neverdem

It could just be that they are actually dead.

They recently found in Japan that many supposed centenarians were actually already dead. The families just never reported them so they could keep collecting bene’s from the gov’t.

Always wondered how Japan had long life expectancy when a third of the men smoke.

Now I know.


20 posted on 10/25/2010 11:40:13 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: Kenny Bunk

Should’ve been more clear, but I was replying to post #7 re Italians.


21 posted on 10/25/2010 11:43:50 AM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: neverdem

It’s simply due to the fact that Latinos get much more regular exercise than gringos: Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, etc...


22 posted on 10/25/2010 12:02:14 PM PDT by Ozone34 ("There are only two philosophies: Thomism and bullshitism!" -Leon Bloy)
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To: reagandemocrat

You took the words right out of my mouth. Faith and family. Close connections with others are so important to life expectancy.


23 posted on 10/25/2010 12:12:37 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: neverdem

More exercise.


24 posted on 10/25/2010 12:21:09 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: xtinct

There’s a huge bunch of Indians in Mexico who speak a 5 tone language. It’s supposedly not related to any of the East Asian tonal languages.


25 posted on 10/25/2010 1:07:14 PM PDT by muawiyah ("GIT OUT THE WAY" The Republicans are coming)
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