ATLANTA (Christian Examiner) – In a study about Latino health issues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed its projection that the population of Hispanics in the United States will soar from nearly 57 million today, 17.7 percent of the population, to almost 86 million, 22.8 percent of U.S. residents, by 2035.
The Washington Examiner is reporting the increase in this ethnic group is faster than has been predicted before.
However, in the same CDC report, the agency estimates Hispanics will total 106 million in 2050, a number well below the projection of 133 million Hispanics the organization made in 2008 and short of the 112 million estimated in 2012.
Billed as the "first national study on Hispanics' leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors and access to health services in the United States," the CDC reported the two leading causes of death for Hispanics were the same as for non-Hispanic Whites: heart disease and cancer.
However, the national health institute said there are several differences between these ethnic groups in other health areas.
"Compared with whites, Hispanics have lower death rates for most leading causes of death," the report shared, "but are about 50 percent more likely to die from diabetes or liver disease and cirrhosis." The findings pointed to social factors as causes, including "educational level, living below the poverty line, not speaking English very well, and being uninsured."
The research even revealed health differences among Hispanics.
"U.S.-born Hispanics had higher prevalences of obesity, smoking, heart disease, and cancer than foreign-born Hispanics," according to the CDC.