Latino men's health
Keira McGuire | 06.19.13
The Hispanic population in the United States is growing.
Carlos Graupera, the Executive Director of the Spanish American Civic Association in Lancaster, says:
“In Lancaster there’s growth in the Latino community. Right now, that’s 40% of the city population.”
With growth like that, Graupera says it’s important to take notice of the health issues that affect the population. And, unfortunately there are some issues that disproportionately affect men in the Hispanic community.
Dr. Jose Urdaneta says, “In general, because of genetics, a group of chronic diseases that tend to affect us. Diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases in general.”
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Graupera believes income within the Hispanic community also plays a role. “Sixty percent of population is at or below poverty level as opposed to 55% of families in Lancaster.”
“Our wage earners are getting a check that cannot sustain their medical bills. Often they don’t have coverage, which has implications for our community because when you’re without coverage there is no prevention.”
“Levels of poverty have a lot to do with it. These are all illnesses related to lifestyle. Just the fact that you have the genes, but if you have the genes and the lifestyle the prevalence is higher.”
As a result, Graupera is challenging men and specifically men in the Hispanic community to take charge of their health with five simple steps.
- Walk for 30 minutes each day.
- Be smoke-free every day.
- Eat fruits and veggies.
- Drink more water.
- And schedule a visit with your doctor.
“Not guarding your health is like an oxymoron. You work hard, but you don’t get to enjoy what you worked so hard for. Watch your kids grow, hold your grandkids, maybe even your great-grandkids. Be able to share with that.”