Yes – according to a recent study of nearly 5 million adults in the U.S., poor health markers (such as chronic disease, not exercising, not having insurance, and overall poor health) have increased more in the Black adults than in White adults. For example, Black adults have higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and kidney disease. For the Hispanic/Latino adult population, diabetes, high blood pressure, lack of health insurance, and mental health problems are all increasing faster than in White populations. Further, in this 20-year study, researchers found that Hispanic/Latino adults have the worst access to health care of all racial and ethnic groups. Although Hispanic/Latino adults have less chronic disease than Black adults, Hispanic men and women have the worst perceptions of their own health compared to all other racial/ethnic groups.
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