LATINX HISPANIC DESCENT HEALTH DISPARITIES
Heart disease accounts for about 1 in 5 Hispanic deaths in the United States. In North Carolina, it was the second biggest killer of Hispanics after cancer, according to a state study. North Carolina reports the greatest risk factors for heart disease among the state’s Hispanic population were being overweight or obese. To lower their risk, Hutchings urges his patients to keep their blood pressure under control, limit alcohol consumption, manage their stress, manage their diabetes and make sure they get enough sleep
Cancer accounts for roughly 1 in 5 Hispanic deaths with cancer rates among foreign-born Hispanics being substantially lower than their U.S.-born counterparts. Lack of health care and regular screenings have been cited as major cancer risks for Hispanics who are less likely to be screened for colorectal cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer than non-Hispanic whites. To reduce risk of cancer, Hutchings recommends protecting your skin from the sun, practicing safe sex, avoiding risky behaviors, getting vaccinated for HPV and hepatitis, knowing your medical history, and getting regular screenings.
Excluding auto accidents, poisonings and other unintentional injuries, stroke was the third biggest killer of U.S. Hispanics, though far behind heart disease and cancer. That year, the CDC estimates cerebrovascular disease accounted for about 1 in 20 Hispanic deaths. High blood pressure is the single most important risk factor for stroke and the rate of uncontrolled high blood pressure (readings of at least 140/90) is higher among adult Hispanic males than the general adult male population. The best way to reduce your risk of stroke, said Hutchings, is to not smoke or become obese. .
Dallas Reed, MD
Chief of Genetics, Obstetrician / Gynecologist
Tufts Medical Center
860 Washington St. Boston MA 02111 Hours 8am - 5pm
Phone Number : (617) 636-5000