US Whites More Prone to Heart Diseases Than Blacks, Latinos, Asians: Study

Reversing the widely hedl view that Asians, especially South Asians are prone to heart diseases more than ohters, a recent study has come out with startling finding that Whites are more at heart disease and diabetes than other ethnic groups like Blacks, Latinos or Asians.

Based on the premise that hospital and medica access was equal to all in the US, a study of 1.3 million members with self-reported race or ethnicity, aged 30–90 years, and followed from 2002 through 2012 revealed that compared with whites, blacks, Latinos, and Asians generally had lower risk of coronary heart disease across all clinical risk categories, with the exception of blacks with prior coronary heart disease and no diabetes having higher risk than Whites.

Based on the analysis of the data available, they found that out of 1.3 million people, 64 percent white (868,301 members), 14 percent Asian (190,439 members), 13 percent Latino (169,886 members) and 9 percent black (116,273 members), both men and women wee followed for ten years.

“We were able to evaluate ethnic differences in risk of future coronary heart disease within a diverse population which included not only black but also large Asian and Latino populations,” said lead author Jamal Rana from the Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, US.

The results showed access to high-quality heart disease care and systematic efforts by the healthcare plan to improve upon risk factors such as high BP and smoking among the Whites, while Blacks had slightly increased risk of future heart disease compared to Whites, said researchers, whose findings have been published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Latinos have shown no difference in risk compared to whites in both of these groups, and Asians had decreased risk. “It is a complex issue and further research is needed to address the differences in health status and outcomes related to race and ethnicity across the country,” Rana added.

The 2000 US census recognized five races:black or African American, White (European American), Asian, native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaska native.

The studies in the past had revealed that African Americans have higher rates of mortality than does any other racial or ethnic group for 8 of the top 10 causes of death, especially from cancer. Latinos have higher rates of death from diabetes, liver disease, and infectious diseases than do non-Latinos, while African Americans and Latinos have approximately twice the risk as European Americans of developing diabetes.

Asian Americans are 60 percent more likely to being at risk of developing diabetes in comparison to European Americans and are more likely to develop the disease as lower BMIs and lower body weights. South Asians are especially more likely to developing diabetes as it is estimated South Asians are 4-times more likely to developing the disease in comparison to European Americans.

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