Study Shows Latinos Win Big When It Comes to Aging

Study Shows Latinos Win Big When It Comes to Aging

New research is officially confirming what we already knew: Brown don’t frown! 

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“Latinos live longer than Caucasians, despite experiencing higher rates of diabetes and other diseases. Scientists refer to this as the ‘Hispanic paradox,’” said Steve Horvath, the lead author of a UCLA study published in the current issue of Genome Biology that centers on how humans age, with specific focus on particular ethnicities. “Our study helps explain this by demonstrating that Latinos age more slowly at the molecular level,” he continued.

The study focused on seven different ethnicities: two African groups, African-Americans, Caucasians, East Asians, Latinos and an indigenous people called the Tsimane, who are genetically related to Latinos. After studying the DNA from blood from each race/ethnicity, scientists realized that the blood from the Latino and Tsimane groups aged more slowly than the others.

A 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health also found that healthy Latino adults face a 30% lower risk of death than other racial groups. This new research, too, confirms that Latinos’ slower aging rate helps with many other health issues, including their high risk of obesity and inflammation.