A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that Puerto Ricans and Mexicans living in the United States have higher rates of chronic illness compared to other Hispanics in the country.
Among 54 million Latino adults living in the U.S., almost three in 10 Puerto Rican adults suffer from a chronic illness such as asthma, hypertension, or coronary heart disease. They were also twice as likely to report severe psychological distress in the past month compared to Central and South Americans.
Mexican-Americans tend to have lower rates of multiple chronic illnesses, but one in five suffer from a chronic illness.
The CDC reports that the general health level of Hispanic adults is consistently lower in comparison to non-Hispanic adults. While Latino adults are in poorer health, the frequency of chronic health conditions is less than average. Only 21 percent of Latino adults have had multiple chronic conditions, while 24.6 percent of non-Hispanic adults do.
In comparison, 27.3 percent of Puerto Rican adults have or had multiple chronic illnesses, such as chronic heart disease, asthma, diabetes, or arthritis.
The researchers of this report say that this breaks down the common misconception that all Latinos face the same issues.
"Although the Hispanic population in the United States may share a common language, there is considerable variation among subgroups when it comes to culture, economics, and even their attitudes toward seeking out health care," researchers reported.
H/T NBC News Latino