More than 16,000 people have participated in the largest long-term study of Hispanic/Latino health to date that will help determine the causes behind the prevalence of certain chronic, life-threatening diseases among this group, even while life their expectancy outpaces other groups.
The study is being carried out in Chicago, the Bronx, San Diego and Miami, and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Data has been collected on individuals since 2008 and will continue through March 2014.
The first phase of the study found that 80 percent of men and 71 percent of women had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and smoking.
For the second phase of the study, data will be collected on chronic diseases affecting the group such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma. Other factors will also be assessed, such as demographic, sociocultural, lifestyle and genetic information.