LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A UCLA study has found that Latinos age at a slower rate than other ethnic groups.
The findings were published Monday in the journal Genome Biology. Scientists hope the study will help them discover methods to slow the aging process for everyone.
“Latinos live longer than Caucasians, despite experiencing higher rates of diabetes and other diseases. Scientists refer to this as the ‘Hispanic paradox,’” said Steve Horvath, the study’s lead author and a professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA . “Our study helps explain this by demonstrating that Latinos age more slowly at the molecular level.”
Latinos in the United States live an average of three years longer than Caucasians, with a life expectancy of 82 versus 79, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthy Latino adults also have a 30-percent lower risk of death than other racial groups, according to a 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health.