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Latinos Live Longer Than Non-Latinos in CA and Nationally

Immigration patterns, assimilation and rising diabetes rates don’t explain why Latinos born in the United States live longer than non-Hispanic whites. Ideas on this range from the emphasis on greens and fruits in traditional Latino diets to a reliance of family that may bring more support. Other theories revolve around the reliance of Latinos on religion and a cultural emphasis on breast-feeding babies. ”We keep seeing the same trends for 30 years. We can’t explain it away. We can’t adjust it away,” said Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA. “If everyone in the U.S. had the epidemiological profile as Latinos for heart disease, cancer and stroke, we would save about 300,000 lives a year. I think that’s worth understanding,” according to a recent report in the Huffington Post.