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A glitch in the Latino paradox

November 22, 2010 | 11:38 am

  Latino Paradox

A recent editorial described the Latino paradox -- that Latinos in the U.S. live longer, healthier lives despite low income levels and less education. Some theories: more fruits and vegetables in their diet, more family time, more walking integrated into their daily lives. But the Chicago Tribune reported a glitch in the Latino paradox Sunday. Though Latinos live about three years longer than whites and blacks, a new study reveals that Latinos get Alzheimer's about seven years before white Americans. Why? "Limited access to medical care and health insurance, lower levels of education and income, and higher rates of high blood pressure and diabetes contribute to above-average risks for Alzheimer's among Latino seniors."

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-- Alexandra Le Tellier

Photo: Angelica Reyes-Servin with her father, Arturo Reyes, 69, who has Alzheimer's. The family lives in Chicago. Credit: Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune

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