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UIC to serve as Chicago site for largest-ever US study of Hispanic/Latino health
Date:7/8/2013

factor for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and smoking," Daviglus said.

The study has an educational and preventive component. Findings will be shared with the participants and with the public.

"Everything we find through this study will help us identify risk factors and educate this population as to measures they can take to avoid these risks and improve their health," Daviglus said.

Another aim is to investigate the so-called "Hispanic paradox"despite overall low socioeconomic status and high rates of of obesity and diabetes, Hispanic/Latino people in the U.S. tend to live longer than whites.

"We want to further investigate whether the 'Hispanic paradox' really exists, and if so, what are the factors driving it," Daviglus said. "Does this population do something else that is protective, or helps offset these negative health issues?"

In the first phase of the study, the Chicago field center interviewed 4,136 participants. Each baseline examination took seven to eight hours and assessed lifestyle-related risk factors for cardiovascular, pulmonary, liver, kidney, and other diseases, as well as demographic and socioeconomic data and sociocultural and other factors that may influence disease risk. Sleep, dental and hearing evaluations were done. Participants have been followed by yearly phone calls or home visits for up to four years since, to assess any changes in their health.

The other field centers are in the New York borough of the Bronx, San Diego and Miami. The Chicago field center is a collaboration between UIC and Northwestern University.


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Contact: Sharon Parmet
sparmet@uic.edu
312-413-2695
University of Illinois at Chicago
Source:Eurekalert

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