Monday, October 14, 2013

The Paradox of Latino Health

Immigrant groups have different health issues to deal with when they live in the U.S.   - - Donna Poisl


Like any truth that is counterintuitive, the medical theory known as the “Latino health paradox” doesn’t seem to make sense at first.

The theory is that even though better health is usually linked to wealth and education, low-income Mexican immigrants with little formal schooling — ninth grade on average — are healthier than the overall U.S. population, according to a number of measures, including certain cancers, heart disease and mental health. In addition, immigrant Latinos have lower rates of smoking, drug use and sexually transmitted diseases, according to experts.
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