Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th through October 15th each year. Throughout this period the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America are recognized.
September 15th marks a day of significance as it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
As a part of this month we would like to inform our patients the health risks that differ among Hispanics as a reminder why your health should be put first. According to the CDC, Illnesses or health risks have different degrees amongst Hispanics than whites:
- 35% less heart disease and 49% less cancer for whites
- A lower death rate overall, but about a 50% higher death rate from diabetes for Hispanics
- 24% more poorly controlled high blood pressure
- 23% more obesity
Also, if you were a Hispanic born in another country or born in the U.S makes a difference with your health.
- Compared with US-born Hispanics, foreign-born Hispanics have:
- About half as much heart disease;
- 48% less cancer;◦29% less high blood pressure;
- 45% more high total cholesterol.
At AFC of Bridgeport our staff can counsel patients on managing their health the proper way whether it is high blood pressure or diabetes, and the next steps to take. To meet with one of our board certified doctors today, just walk in or call us today at 203-333-4400.