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...
- Posted By: Myriam Grajales-Hall
- Written by: Janet Murguía, National Council of La Raza
Latino families, like millions of others across the United States, do their best to put nutritious food on their tables every day, but the healthiest foods are too often unaffordable or inaccessible -- and the current economic climate has only added to family budgetary challenges. Many Americans struggle to buy enough food for everyone in the family, and sometimes that means choosing cheaper food that is filling, but less nutritious. The Latino community is especially vulnerable to these issues, and a quick look at the numbers proves it. Forty percent of Latino children are considered to be overweight or obese, giving Latinos the dubious distinction of having some of the highest obesity rates in the nation. Ironically, Latinos are also...