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CDC report confirms “Hispanic paradox”

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2467 (Published 07 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2467
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Despite having lower incomes and less access to health services, Hispanic people in the United States have lower overall mortality rates and a longer life expectancy than white people, a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.

The term “Hispanic paradox” is used to describe the projected longer life expectancy (by an estimated two years) and lower overall mortality rate of this ethnic group, “despite potential barriers to good health such as higher rates of being uninsured and worse profiles for some social determinants of health,” the report said.1

The Hispanic population is currently the largest ethnic group in the US, totalling almost 57 million people (or about one in six of the US population). By 2033 the Hispanic population is …

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