Friday, January 27, 2006—There appears to be a racial disparity in rates of high blood pressure among Hispanic Americans, with Hispanic blacks facing a greater risk than Hispanic whites, a new study suggests.
Researchers say the tendency to group all Americans of Hispanic ancestry into one ethnic category may be “masking” a problem of high blood pressure among black Hispanics.
Some studies have suggested that Hispanic Americans have rates of high blood pressure that are similar to or lower than non-Hispanic white Americans’.
But the term “Hispanic” describes diverse groups of Spanish-speaking people of any racial background. And the new findings, published in the journal Ethnicity & Disease, point to a health disparity between black and white adults of Hispanic descent.