The Health of Puerto Ricans Is The Worst, Compared to Other Hispanics

Puerto Rican adults living in the United States appear to have the worst health among not only their Hispanic peers, but also compared with non-Hispanic Americans, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.

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The researchers note that considering there are 54 million Hispanic Americans — making them the nation’s largest minority group — “data on Hispanic subgroups are needed to understand the health of Hispanic persons of diverse backgrounds.”

Overall, Hispanics reported worse general health than non-Hispanics. But when researchers looked at health measures among specific subgroups of Hispanics, they found Puerto Ricans were much more likely to report having multiple health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.