Most Latinos carry risk of cardiovascualr disease, study says

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The largest study ever on Latino health is out.

Findings were released at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The researchers behind the study say up until now, all studies lumped Hispanics into one group, but they say Latinos comes from different backgrounds.

They have different cultures and different lifestyles and as a result have different risks and rates of disease.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

It looked at more than 16, 000 Hispanic/Latino adults between the ages of 18 and 74, from four U.S. Cities.

Participants in Chicago, San Diego, New York and Miami all underwent extensive health exams to assess their risk factors for cardiovascular and other chronic diseases and were followed for four years to determine any changes.

One of the key findings was 80 percent of men and 71 percent of women have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, or smoking.

When it comes to Chicago specifically, nearly half of participants ages 45-64 were at high risk for diabetes and one in three participants with diabetes did not know they had it.

This study is being done in two phases.

In the second phase of the students, which has already started, participants will undergo a second exam and will be followed for six more years.


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