Survey Shows Latinos Less Likely to Monitor Their Health

According to a new study released by the Pew Research Center, Latinos are less likely to watch their weight or diet.
Fox News Latino reported that about 51 percent of Latinos, compared to 60 percent of United States adults as a whole, track their weight, diet or exercise routine. It is found that Latinos are also less likely to track health indicators or symptoms such as blood pressure, blood sugar, headaches, or sleep patterns.
Close to 34 percent of Latinos report having diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, or cancer while 47 percent of non-Hispanic whites report having these diseases. Latino adults are also less likely to report having a chronic condition.
Susannah Fox, associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, told Fox News Latino that this could be one of the reasons why Latinos are less likely to track their health. Fox said, “They may have less need to do so.
The Pew Center conducted more than 3,000 telephone interviews in English and Spanish in the United States with adults across the country. The results showed that 69 percent of Americans track indicators of their health or their loved ones health in some manner.
For 46 percent of those surveyed, the simple action of monitoring their health caused them to shift their behavior. The monitoring of health indicators also made 40 percent of Americans choose to seek advice from a doctor.
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