On Feb. 24, 2014 the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) published a landmark study that provides a comprehensive analysis of the health and lifestyle of the Hispanic-Latino population. The research enrolled more than 16,000 Hispanic-Latino adults in various regions. Considering that Hispanics represent 1 out of every 6 people in the U.S., the findings are significant and highlights include:
- Percentage of people eating five or more servings of fruits/vegetables daily ranged from 19.2 (Puerto Rican origin) to 55.0 (Cuban origin). Also, men reported consuming more fruit and vegetables than women.
- Women reported a much lower consumption of sodium than men among all Hispanic groups represented in the study.
- About 1 in 3 individuals had pre-diabetes, also fairly evenly distributed among Hispanic groups.
- Only about half of individuals with diabetes among all Hispanic groups had it under control.