For U.S. Hispanics, an upbeat attitude may go a long way toward keeping a healthy heart, a new study finds.
A research team led by Rosalba Hernandez, of Northwestern University in Chicago, tracked outcomes for almost 5,000 adult Hispanics ranging in age from 18 to 75.
All study participants were checked for levels of how optimistic they were, and for measures of heart health, such as diet, body fat, exercise, cholesterol and blood pressure.
Few had ideal heart health -- only a little more than 9 percent of the study group, the investigators found.
However, compared to those who were least optimistic, people who were moderately optimistic were 61 percent more likely to have ideal heart health and 37...
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Latinos are generally optimistic about the direction the country is taking in health care, equal opportunity and jobs, but they also feel that Latino discrimination is getting worse (36%) rather than better (22%), according to a survey conducted by Latino Decisions for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The study also finds broad optimism about economic opportunities that lie ahead, but that many Latino families are living in a state of economic fragility. In fact, 53% reported that they'd be unable to draw on a loan from family or friends should they fall upon tough economic times, and 53% could not secure a bank...
- Author: The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research
According to an analysis by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, Americans' attitudes about their economic future are sharply divided by race, with whites significantly less likely than blacks or Hispanics to think they can improve their own standard of living. Indeed, optimism among minorities now outpaces that of whites by the widest margin since at least 1987.
The analysis shows that after years of economic attitudes among whites, blacks and Hispanics following similar patterns, whites' confidence in their economic future has plummeted in the last decade. Blacks and Hispanics, meanwhile,...