Among Latino Groups, Puerto Ricans, Mexican American in Poorer Health


Puerto Ricans, followed by Mexicans living in the U.S., have higher rates of chronic illness compared to other Hispanics in the U.S., according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly three-in-10 Puerto Rican adults and about one-in-five Mexican Americans have a chronic illness such as asthma, hypertension or coronary heart disease.

Puerto Rican adults were also twice as likely to report serious psychological distress in the past 30 days compared with Central or South American adults, (6.2 percent vs. 3.3 percent.)

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