The ethnic groups that combine to form the rich cultural tapestry of the Hispanic/Latino community reflect a diverse array of customs and practices. In the same way that various groups feature distinct dance styles, such as the merengue and the mambo, each group also faces different health challenges.
The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), supported by the National Institutes of Health, set out to learn more about the prevalence of heart disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and smoking within the Hispanic/Latino community. HCHS/SOL recently released a data book highlighting the similarities and differences in health risk factors among a number of the community’s ethnic groups.
Researchers talked to more than 16,000 people of Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Central American and/or South American origins.
The following podcast features interviews with:
- Dr. Larissa Aviles-Santa, project officer for HCHS/SOL in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the NIH
- Dr. Martha Daviglus, HCHS/SOL principal investigator at Northwestern University
- Jose, a retiree from the Bronx, New York, who participated in the HCHS/SOL study
To learn more about the study, this press release highlights some of the data book’s findings.
For a downloadable copy of the data book, and an overview of the study, visit the study web site: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/research/resources/obesity/population/hchs.htm